ATV Injuries & Deaths on the Rise
All terrain vehicles or ATV’s are a popular ‘toy’ among adults and children alike. Since their introduction to the market in the late 1960s, their popularity has been on the rise. Unfortunately, the amount of accidents and injuries associated with ATV’s is also on the rise. ATV’s are prone to roll or flip over due to their unstable design, and due to the fact that they weigh over 700 pounds and can go up to speeds of 70+ miles per hour, these accidents are often deadly.
According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report, there have been more than 11,000 ATV-related fatalities from 1982 to 2010. What is even more shocking about these numbers is that 25% of these fatalities were children below 16 years of age. In 2010 alone, there were more than 110,000 emergency room visits for ATV-related injuries. Again, 25% of these injuries belonged to children below 16 years of age.
The most common injuries caused by an ATV accident are head injuries and broken bones, but other injuries include spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, damage to internal organs, and even amputations. In recent years, the number of spinal injuries in children has jumped by more than 300%. The CPSC estimates that medical costs for ATV injuries for children under 16 amount to more than $2 billion per year. Another study shows that the cost of injuries and deaths per ATV sold is about $3,500. That adds up to a huge amount if you consider that there are more than 9 million ATV’s in use in the U.S.
Every year thousands of defective ATV’s are recalled. Most recently, Deere & Co recalled about 4650 of their ATV vehicles made between May and October 2012 because of a faulty fuel line that was causing spontaneous fires.
If you or your loved one has experienced an injury due to an ATV accident or because of a faulty ATV part, contact our Indianapolis motor vehicle accident lawyers. Our experienced and compassionate injury lawyers will give you a free evaluation of your case and answer any queries you may have regarding your case and the fair compensation you are entitled to.