The good news is that, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the 2011 death toll from All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) accidents is down dramatically compared to recent years.
The bad news is that deaths on public roads accounted for 305 of the 327 reported fatal ATV accidents compiled by the CPSC for 2011. The death toll on public roads has increased ninefold since 1982.
Perhaps even more disturbing is the number of children aged 12 and under who are still dying on ATV’s. USA Today reports that of the children 16 and under who died on ATV’s, more than half of them were 12-years-old and under. A vast majority of those who died were riding adult-sized ATV’s, which are much larger and more powerful than the juvenile models.
ATV dealers are not allowed to knowingly sell adult-sized ATV’s to families who intend to let their children ride them. At first, violations of this agreement between ATV dealers and the CPSC were high, but over the years they have gone down substantially. The law also now requires makers of ATV’s to offer hands-on training to purchasers of the vehicles.
Although there has been a decline in sales of ATV’s over the years, which may account for the drop in ATV-related accident fatalities, the CPSC still sees hope in the statistics.
“More than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries to children and adults each year are far too many, but it’s moving in a more positive direction in recent years,” a CPSC spokesman told USA Today.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident that was caused by a defectively designed or constructed vehicle or the actions of another party, the Broward County ATV injury attorneys are here to discuss your legal options. We will review your case for free. Call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online.