Pennsylvania is famous for its off-roading, wooded trails — the perfect place to take an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). A study found more than 600,000 ATV owners in the Commonwealth and the numbers continue to grow each season.
But the growth in popularity has also brought a devastating growth in injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 135,000 people are injured each year because of an accident involving an ATV in the United States.
While not as common as some other motor vehicle accidents, it is important to note that ATV accidents can lead to debilitating and even life-threatening injuries. Here are the leading causes of ATV accidents:
- Driver Behavior – ATVs are often used in rural areas. Should the driver not know how to handle the vehicle in this type of terrain, it can cause him/her to be ejected, for it to roll over, or lose total control of the vehicle.
- Incorrect Number of Passengers – Another common cause is when a driver has more passengers than the vehicle is made for. ATVs may have the “room” to fit another person, but they are not commonly built to safely hold more than one or two people for weight limits, balance, and maneuvering of the vehicle.
- Defective ATV – Should the throttle stick, steering lockup, suspension be faulty, or tires blowout, it can easily lead to an accident. In these cases, the driver will not be at fault, but rather the designer or manufacturer.
To prevent accidents, drivers should never consume alcohol, should always wear helmets and other protective gear, seek out training from a qualified instructor, ride only on safe and designated paths, and always follow all safety rules regarding use.
If you were involved in an ATV accident and you believe it is the fault of another person or manufacturing company, you may have a case. For a free consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski, call or message us today.