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What Dangers are Unique to All-Terrain Vehicles?

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on February 15, 2012 - Comments off

It’s understandable why there are so many passionate fans of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in San Diego and across the United States; the vehicles offer a chance for excitement and access to paths normally inaccessible by any other vehicle. ATVs come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, and are specialized for a variety of terrain. Depending on what type of ATV one uses, a rider can fly across sand dunes in the desert or splash through mud-caked forests; it’s all up to what the rider and the vehicle are best suited for.

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But along with the unique features of an ATV come special hazards that drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles may not be exposed to normally. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 115,000 emergency room injuries for ATV accidents and 317 reported deaths in 2010. In order to enjoy a hazard-free ATV trip, riders should be aware of the following dangers and accident possibilities.

  • Rollovers – Because of the unstable terrain often rode on by ATVs, rollover and flip accidents can easily occur, pinning riders underneath the several-hundred-pound vehicle.
  • Hazard Collision – ATV riding often occurs in hazardous areas such as forests, deserts, and mountainous terrain. As such, there are many more obstacles that an ATV rider could crash into. Even on a paved road, coming into contact with train tracks could result in an accident for an ATV.
  • Jump Injuries – Many ATV riders love to launch their vehicles off ramps and other surfaces and over various obstacles. Because an ATV is so light and fast, this can be accomplished fairly easily; unfortunately, landing hard, incorrectly, or on a hazard can throw a rider violently from his or her vehicle.

These are just some of the possibilities of an accident for an ATV rider as they are subject to all of the accidents that can occur in a car or motorcycle, as well. If you or a loved one has been injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, the San Diego ATV accident lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group can find compensation for your losses. Call us today at (888) 233-5020.

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