Legal Guide on Dangers of All Terrain Vehicles
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are half-ton four-wheelers that doctors consider to be the cause of a deadly public-health epidemic in North America.There has been an 88-percent jump in children killed by ATVs, according to ABC News, and thousands of youngsters are paralyzed or seriously injured in ATV crashes every year.The statistics so alarmed the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that the physician groups adopted formal policies that state that children under age 16 should not be allowed to drive ATVs because they lack the motor skills and abilities to safely control the vehicles.
road hazards:ATVs roll over easily, and when they topple over, the rider's skull, back, or legs can be crushed under the massive vehicle.They're designed for one rider, but many kids double up. In an accident, the passenger has no built-in protection. That's what happened to a 15-year-old South Carolina girl. She hopped on the back of a friend's ATV for a spin around the block. They hit some mud, and she was thrown off and paralyzed.The biggest reason why they're so dangerous: 90 percent of children ride adult-size ATVs, and they are not strong enough to steer the monster machines.
what's being done:Massachusetts passed the toughest law on ATV riding in North America called "Sean's Law," after 8-year-old Sean Kearney, who died in a crash. It bans anyone under age 14 from riding an ATV. The law also requires that people 14 and over must take an ATV training course before they hop onto one. Safety advocates are hoping states across the country adopt this ban. Driver or passenger errors are not the only causes of ATV crashes. Some crashes are caused by design defects, so it is important to protect your rights after an ATV incident by calling us to discuss your legal remedies.