By Jay Foster, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In 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.
With or without a law in place, all owners of ATVs should exercise good safety measures especially when children are riding on the ATVs. Put a helmet on the child and properly supervise the use of the ATV. Just because the ATV is operated on a dirt road off of concrete does not mean that the child cannot be injured by an accident or fall off the ATV. Many serious head and brain related injuries can be avoided or lessened by the wearing of an appropriate helmet.