Houston ATV Accident Injury Lawyers
The ATV continues to rise in popularity among Americans for both work and play. However, as useful and fun as this vehicle can be, serious injury and death have been the unfortunate results for victims of ATV accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured while riding an ATV, you may be entitled to compensation.
Are ATVs Dangerous?
The ATV is a useful yet fast and heavy vehicle that prompted a safety warning by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2006.1 It included the fact that an adult ATV can weigh up to 800 pounds and travel at speeds of 60 miles per hour.
The warning included a statement that ATV use in the U.S. had increased drastically, in the past decade, and an estimated 136,000 people had been treated in hospital emergency rooms in just 2004 alone.
How Common Are ATV Accidents?
Various sources estimate that ATV accidents injure around 135,000 people and cause over 700 deaths yearly. Tragically, an estimated one-third of deaths occur to riders 16 years of age and under. A large number of these accidents are preventable when proper safety advice is understood and applied.
How to Avoid Getting Hurt While Riding an ATV
ATV safety while riding begins with learning that, although it may be a fun vehicle to drive, it is not a toy.
Children operating an ATV should only do so after having received specialized training on a vehicle appropriate for them. The ATV Safety Institute offers safety courses that combine e-source and hands-on learning components.
Any helmet worn for the purpose of riding an ATV should be both Snell-approved and have DOT certification. While the latter is mandatory for manufacturers, Snell certification is voluntary. However, it is considered to be the superior certification for helmets due to its rigorous standards of testing, which are renewed every 5 years.2
The owner’s manual should be read carefully before operating an ATV, and these vehicles should only carry a single rider. As well, an ATV should never be operating on a paved road, highway, or street.
Other Causes of ATV Accidents
An unfortunate reality is that the awareness of the dangers of ATV riding is often not enough. Safety recalls due to faulty suspension systems, brakes, throttles, and several other components have caused riders to lose control and crash and resulted in vehicle fires.
Although ATV manufacturers have a duty to provide warnings to consumers about the inherent dangers of these vehicles, many fail to do so. This provides the opportunity for accident victims and their families to sue and receive compensation in court with an ATV accident lawyer.
A pleasurable ride should never turn into a tragedy. If a loved one or you were injured—or worse—in an ATV accident, the experienced Houston car accident attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris will aggressively defend your rights to get you the highest possible compensation. You can claim your free consultation now. Just call 713-364-0723.
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