Florida Makes Top Ten List for ATV Deaths

by Carmen Dellutri on August 6, 2013

Naples accident lawyerThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently released some alarming statistics about all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The statistics show that Florida has one of the highest fatality rates in the country, with more than 400 deaths since 1987.

The latest report also reveals that ATV safety is critical in the summer, when the majority of accidents occur. An average of more than 100 deaths are reported every July and August.

For those lucky enough to survive a serious crash, ATV accidents can still result in serious injuries. More than 1,000 riders required emergency room medical treatment in 2011. Thirty-percent of those injured were children under the age of 16. Head and neck injuries are the most common and the most serious.

To stay safe, we encourage all riders to follow the CPSC’s safety tips:

Take a hands-on safety training course: Formal training teaches drivers how to control ATVs in typical situations. Drivers with formal, hands-on ATV training have a lower injury risk than drivers with no formal training.

Always wear protective gear: Many ATV injuries are head injuries. Wearing a helmet may reduce the severity of these injuries. In addition, wear over-the-ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against cuts, abrasions, and other injuries from rocks, trees, and other debris.

Do not drive ATVs with a passenger or ride as a passenger: The majority of ATVs are designed to carry only one person. ATVs are designed for interactive riding – drivers must be able to shift their weight freely in all directions, depending on the situation and terrain. Passengers can make it difficult for drivers to control the ATV.

Don’t ride on paved roads: ATVs – because of how they’re made – are difficult to control on paved roads. Collisions with cars and other vehicles also can be deadly. Many fatalities involving ATVs occur on paved roads.

Do not allow a child to ride an adult ATV: Children are involved in about one-third of all ATV-related deaths and hospital emergency room injuries. Most of these deaths and injuries occur when a child is driving or riding on an adult ATV. Children under 16 on adult ATVs are twice as likely to be injured as those riding youth ATVs.

Don’t ride impaired: Alcohol and drugs impair reaction time and judgment, two essential skills for safe ATV use.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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