With summer comes an annual rise in death and injuries to people riding All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), so the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging all riders to practice safety on trails.
The CPSC points out that between 2004 and 2006 deaths to children aged 16 and younger rose about 65 percent. Adult deaths rose 85 percent over that same period. From 2004 to 2010, there were 700 ATV-related fatalities nationwide and about 136,000 injuries that required emergency department treatment – many of those injuries were life-altering.
So far this year, the CPSC estimates that 28 children under the age of 16 and 138 adults have died in ATV accidents. One study found that head and spine trauma from ATV accidents has increased dramatically and the cost of ATV-related injuries is about $3.24 billion annually.
The agency attributes many of these deaths and injuries to inexperienced drivers who lose control of ATVs, overturn them, or collide with other vehicles and fixed objects. Statistically, an ATV driver with at least one year of experience has a much lower risk of injury than a newer driver.
The CPSC emphasizes that hands-on training adds a large dose of safety to riding and greatly improves the chances of avoiding injury or death.
To learn more about ATV safety, the CPSC urges you to visit ATVSafety.org.
The Jacksonville ATV accident attorneys at Farah & Farah urge all ATV riders to ride safely to stay injury-free during the summer – and all year long. If you have been injured in an ATV accident due to another’s negligence, contact us at (800) 533-3555 to learn more about your legal options.