Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a series of comprehensive graphical illustrations of the dangers of ATV accidents.
Titled "Big Real Tough Deadly ATV Statistics," the graphic showed details on the total number of accidents; details on where the accidents happen; details on how they impact victims and facts on other key issues.
Our Montgomery accident lawyers know that ATVs can be dangerous and that summer accidents are common. This infographic, however, clearly illustrates just how risky riding an ATV can be.
The Dangers of ATV Accidents
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- There were 590 ATV-related deaths in 2010 according to early reports. A total of 508 of the victims were adults and 82 of the victims were kids under the age of 16. This continues the downward trajectory that the fatality rate has been on for the past several years, as deaths have declined each year since 2006.
- The top states for ATV accidents over the past 26 years include California, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.
- From 2005 to 2007, July is the month with the highest average number of ATV-related deaths, with a total of 102 fatalities. August is a close second with 100 deaths.
- In 2011, there were more than 100,000 injuries. Almost 30 percent of those injuries involved kids under the age of 16.
- The majority of injuries (29 percent) occurred to the arms and the hands. The head and neck, torso and legs and feet were also other top body parts affected by ATV injuries.
- The majority of those who died between 2005 and 2007 were killed while riding their ATVs on paved surfaces. Thirty-three percent died on paved roads. Twenty percent were killed on unpaved roads; 12 percent on fields or in farmland; and nine percent in the woods.
Other areas where deaths occurred included unknown spots, and beaches or sand dunes.
These statistics show that ATV accidents are not uncommon and that those who ride face some serious risks. To minimize the dangers and reduce the chances of a fatal or serious-injury accident, the CPSC recommends:
- Riding a helmet
- Not allowing more riders than the ATV
- Getting trained by a qualified instructor
- Staying off of paved roads.
- Reserving ATV riding for adults 16 and over
By following these safety tips, hopefully you can avoid accidents and stay safe during the prime ATV-accident season.
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