ATV and Recreational Vehicle Accidents
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are either three or four wheeled motorized vehicles used in recreational and work related outdoor activities. Most ATVs are used for “off-roading” or riding in natural conditions.
Remember, many ATVs can go as fast as 55 MPH and can weigh as heavy as a quarter of a ton.
The dramatic rise in injuries relating to ATV accidents is concerning to government officials who are slowly attempting to take regulatory steps to stem ATV accidents. Unfortunately the rise in injuries and deaths keeps growing, especially in children and young people who ride on the ATVs recreationally.
Experts contend that one reason for the rising death and injury rate is that the ATVs are becoming heavier, stronger, and much faster. Since many young people have not handled vehicles of this magnitude, the results can be especially serious. Many government officials are saying that age plays a significant role as a cause of ATV related accidents. While dealers and manufacturers continue to push the limits of power and weight, more and more people are becoming killed and injured on ATVs. Drivers under the age of 15 are over 2 times likely to lose control of their ATVs.