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ATV Accidents, Injuries & Deaths

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*** ATV ACCIDENTS, INJURIES & DEATHS ***  

The Fox Law Firm is Reviewing Potential ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV) Claims

  • Death
  • Serious Injury

Have you suffered from severe injuries as a result of an accident involving an ATV?  

Have your loved ones suffered from severe injuries – or even died – following an accident involving an ATV?  

If so, you should contact our attorneys immediately to protect your legal rights.  

If you or your loved ones have experienced any of these side effects you may have a claim for legal compensation.

 

Contact the lawyers of the Fox Law Firm for superior legal representation.  

An All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is, according to the definition of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), any vehicle that travels upon low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, and that is specifically equipped with handlebars for steering control.  

As its name suggests, the ATV is designed to cope with a far more diverse variety of terrain than most other vehicles.  

While the ATV is a street-legal vehicle in certain countries, it is not street-legal within most states and provinces of the U.S, Australia, and Canada 

By the current definition of the ANSI, ATVs are strictly intended for use by a single operator - although a change in the law - that may allow for 2-seater-vehicles (where the operator and the passenger would sit in tandem), is currently under consideration. 

The rider sits upon, and operates, the ATV very much like he or she would a motorcycle. However, the extra wheels on the ATV provide greater stability at slower speeds than may be expected from a motorcycle.  

Although generally equipped with either three-wheels or four-wheels, six-wheel versions of ATVs exist for certain, specialized applications. Engine sizes of ATVs currently for sale in the United States range from 49 cc to 1,000 cc. 

ATVs were introduced in the early 1970s, and are notable for their association with high-levels of serious injury and death – particularly amongst young children and adolescents.  

According to current statistics, ATVs are equally as dangerous as motorcycles, based upon mortality and injury figures.  

In addition, more children and women are injured on ATVs than any other group – in part, at least, due to the fact that they have been shown to use helmets less frequently than other user-groups. 

In 2002, there were 357 fatal accidents and 113,900 injuries involving ATVs.  In 2004, 767 people died in ATV-associated incidents.  

Statistics released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrate that in 2005, there were approximately 136,700 injuries associated with ATVs that specifically required treatment in U.S. hospital emergency-rooms.  

Although the recommendation is that ATV manufacturers attach a label to their vehicles stating that the use of ATVs greater than 90 cc by riders under the age of 12 is prohibited, critics have noted that policies relative to age are not necessarily sufficient – and may not even be wholly relevant. 

For example, it has been noted that some young males may be both physically larger and stronger than many adult women riders.

 

And, while some jurisdictions in the U.S. have either banned minors (primarily those under the age of 10) from operating ATVs, advocates of ATVs argue that introducing people at a young age may improve general safety.  

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