Written by attorney Eric James Hertz

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.

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