The rate of injuries caused by recreational riding All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) is on the rise. Despite the efforts of government officials to take proper safety precautions and regulatory procedures to limit these accidents, the rise in injuries and deaths caused by these vehicles are continuously growing.
14-year-old boy, Jonothan Bell of Decatur, is the latest victim of such a horrifying accident. A fun day in the sun joyriding on a late Sunday afternoon turned deadly when Jonathan’s all-terrain vehicle struck a tree at the Rocky Ridge Ranch ATV Park, claiming his young life. Medical examiners concluded that the boy died at the scene.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, the number of injuries and deaths due to ATV accidents has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Studies have found that among all reported injuries, the most common injuries sustained by victims are brain injuries, skull fractures, broken bones, and hemorrhages.
“Parents need to understand that ATVs are not toys. We tend to think short-term and believe that we’re giving children a toy or some kind of entertainment with an ATV. But, remember, a trip to the ER is in no way recreational,” said Dr. Chetan Shah, lead author of the study.
According to Onlinelawyersource.com, Dr. Shah’s study found that during a period of 10 years, the doctors treated 455 children between the ages of 6 months and 19 years old—318 boys and 137 girls, with an average age of about 11. The injuries included:
- Six deaths
- 77 fractures to the skull
- 62 hemorrhages
- 53 brain injuries
- 12 spine fractures, 3 with damage to the spinal cord
- 32 lung injuries
- 11 amputations
Additionally, 159 children suffered fractures to their extremities, most frequently a leg bone.
Websites have been created dedicated to educate the public about the dangers of ATVs, and how to reduce injuries and deaths among children driving them.
Were you or a loved one a victim of an all terrain vehicle, ATV, or in a 4-wheeler, 3-Wheeler, Off-Road accident? You need an experienced attorney that can fight for you or your loved one. The experienced ATV accident lawyers at the Rasansky Law Firm can help. We have dedicated our practice to representing injured clients from Texas, Oklahoma and all across the United States. We explore every potential party and look for all parties who bear some responsibility for the accident. Consult a Dallas personal injury lawyers today.