Articles Posted in All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

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By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be great fun for children and adults alike; unfortunately, these same recreational vehicles are the cause or mechanism of thousands upon thousands of personal injuries and, in some instances, the deaths of children.  Just because an All Terrain Vehicle seems like great fun – – parents and other adults responsible for the care and well being of children should pay close attention to the statistics out there which show over 100,000 visits to the emergency room due to injuries / deaths attributed to All Terrain Vehicle use and operation.  Some States like Pennsylvania have restrictions as age requiremnts for use of ATVs.   While laws can help deter dangerous activities by children and dangerous activities permitted by adults, children across the Nation and in Pennsylvania continue to operate All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) without training, licensure, adult supervision, or proper training.  There are dangers both when a child operates an ATV and when a child is a passenger of an ATV.  At any moment, a child operator or passenger can fall off of an ATV. This can be especially dangerous if the child is not wearing a helmet, the ATV is being operated at a high rate of speed and / or is taking a sharp turn, and when the ATV is being operated on rough terrain or on a street.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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atv%20all%20terrain%20vehicle%20red%20in%20mud.jpgIn Michigan and other States, children, at times, are the unfortunate victims of personal injuries resulting from off road dirt bike and / or ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) accidents. Parents and other adults should take all necessary precautions and steps to prevent injuries to a child as a result of these activities. Some safety advocates will argue that there should be an age limit in every State for the operation of a dirt bike and / or ATV (All Terrain Vehicle). Furthermore, safety advocates will argue that a helmet should be required for every operator / occupant of a dirt bike / ATV and especially for children. The use of off road dirt bikes and ATVs can be especially dangerous due to the speed of the bikes / ATVs, changing terrain, hidden dangers, stunts, and other factors. While it is impossible or unrealistic to believe that every injury or accident can be avoided, due care and thought should be taken to prevent injuries of children engaged in these activities or present in the area at the time of these activities.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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atv%20all%20terrain%20vehicle%20red%20in%20mud.jpgATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) are popular with children and teens. Unfortunately, many children and teens suffer serious personal injuries and, in some instances, death as as result of an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) accident. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) presented statistics and studies at a conference in Florida regarding ATV related accidents and injuries. It was estimated that children were injured in approximately 1/3 of the 130,000 to 150,000 ATV related emergency room visits each year in the United States. Some injuries result from excessive speed and some result from the lack of the use of a helmet. See Too Many Kids Injured in ATV Crashes and Accidents.

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By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney

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go%20kart%20track.jpgAn Ohio boy tragically died at Circleville Raceway Park. The six year old was diving his go-cart in a private session at the race track when he was hit by a motorcycle. Officials report that the go-cart spun out and was hidden behind a small hill when it was struck by the motorcycle. The child received treatment at the scene of the accident and was transported by air ambulance to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He later died from his injuries.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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South Carolina is one of six states that do not have laws regulating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). However, this could change if a new law, named Chandler’s Law is voted into legislation. The law aims to reduce child personal injuries for those children who ride operate ATVs. Chandler’s Law would require all young ATV riders to complete an ATV safety course, wear a helmet and ride with an adult while traveling on public land. The law comes at a time in when ATV-safety awareness is on the rise in South Carolina. According to South Carolina’s Health Department, in the last 10 years, 63 children under 17-years-old have died in ATV accidents. Of those deaths, 40% were children younger than 9-years-old. The new law is also getting support from local doctors. Dr. Keith Borg, an Emergency Room doctor at the Medical University of South Carolina, says the amount of children treats with traumatic brain injuries as a result of riding or operating ATVs is staggering, usually resulting in paralysis or death. For more details please read South Carolina proposes new bill to increase safety for young ATV riders.

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By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Two young boys collided head on while driving ATVs (all terrain vehicles) in Maine, Wisconsin. The two boys, ages 10 and 12, were on private property and some how did not see one another until they collided head on.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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ATV.jpgWith summer officially here, outdoor activities are on the rise. CBS news correspondent, Susan Koeppen, conducted an investigation on children usage of adult-sized, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated in the month of April, ATVs were the cause of 40 deaths, 12 of those deaths were children under 16-years-old. In May, 13 children under 16 were killed and the death rate is expected to increase as the summer continues.

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By Ryan E. Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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atv%20all%20terrain%20vehilce%20four%20wheeler%20front%20end%20in%20mud.jpgIn Massachusetts, child safety advocates are trying to get tougher or more restrictive All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) legislation put in place. Currently, Massachusetts laws allows a child 10 years of age and older to ride on an ATV with adult supervision. Proposed legislation would raise the age in Massachusetts to 14 and older. Katie Kearney is a mother and a proponent of such legislation. Her son died following an ATV accident in 2006 after he suffered serious traumatic brain injuries. He was riding the ATV at a friend’s house.

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By Stephanie F. Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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atv%20all%20terrain%20vehilce%20four%20wheeler%20front%20end%20in%20mud.jpgIn Georgia and other States, adults and children enjoy riding ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles). ATV riding can be quite dangerous as well. It is important for adults and children riding ATVs to follow safety precautions by wearing helmets, knowing the terrain where the riding is taking place, and by traveling at a safe speed.

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By Jay Foster, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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atv%20all%20terrain%20vehilce%20four%20wheeler%20front%20end%20in%20mud.jpgIn Mississippi and other states, emergency rooms and pediatricians are called upon to treat children who suffer head injuries as a result of an ATV accident or incident. Dr. Shannon Smith is a pediatric rehabilitation doctor based in Mississippi. Dr. Smith is advocating for the passage of a law that would require helmets for children who ride ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles). You can read more about Dr. Smith’s points and the dangers of ATVs at Mississippi Needs Tougher ATV Laws for the Protection of Children.