All-Terrain Vehicle Safety is a Major Concern in Kentucky
No matter how fun an afternoon on your ATV may be, it is undoubtedly a dangerous hobby. This is particularly true in Kentucky, where statistics indicate an above-average fatality rate and lots of serious injuries that change riders’ lives.
Learn more about ATV safety and the risks Kentucky riders face. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an ATV accident, call Ron Aslam Law Office at 502-581-1676 to schedule a consultation.
The Dangers of ATVs
According to the CPSC, there are roughly 650 deaths and over 100,000 injuries every year caused by ATV accidents. Riders tend to focus on the fun side of ATV riding while failing to pay enough attention to safety protocols and guidelines. While deaths are reported throughout the year, they peak between May and September, when warm weather brings more people out into the wilderness.
Surprisingly and sadly, children are at serious risk of becoming injured in ATV accidents. While they make up fewer than 20% of fatalities in most years, over one-quarter of ATV injuries are suffered by children younger than 16. The arms and hands are the most commonly affected parts, followed by the head and neck, legs, and feet.
Research consistently shows that ATV riders take unnecessary risks while exploring. Though ATVs should not be used on paved surfaces, over 30% of fatalities occur on paved surfaces.
Why Kentucky Riders and Passengers Are at Risk
While ATV riding is a risky hobby anywhere in the United States, Kentucky seems to be hit particularly hard each year. The CPSC maintains data on the deadliest states for ATV riders. Texas comes in first place, followed by California, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Considering the size and population of Kentucky compared to the size and population of Texas and California, Kentucky riders are at serious risk of suffering fatalities or severe injuries.
Industry experts point to a number of risks that riders face. First, ATVs often lack safety features that are found on other vehicles, such as cars and trucks. ATV tires do not grip on pavement, which is why these vehicles should not be ridden on paved roads. On top of that, many ATV riders enjoy this hobby out in remote areas.
This means that, should an emergency occur, it may be difficult for injured riders to seek help. Even if they are able to alert someone to their situation, getting an ambulance may take time that victims do not have.
Safety Guidelines for Kentucky Drivers
While you cannot fully eliminate the risks of ATV riding, you can protect yourself and your loved ones by following these basic safety tips:
- Stay off of paved roads. If you have to cross one to get to another unpaved area, cross with extreme caution.
- Take a safety training course before you ride. Attending an in-person course ensures that you can ride safely, navigate different terrains, and respond appropriately to emergency scenarios.
- Do not let children on the ATV. Children under 16 can suffer severe or fatal injuries on an ATV, and it simply is not worth the risk.
- Wear appropriate protective gear. This includes a helmet, eye protection, long pants and shirt sleeves, boots, and gloves.
- Stick to the allowed number of riders. Don’t try to fit more riders than permitted on your ATV model. This can throw off the balance of the vehicle and make rollovers more likely.
What to Do After an Injury
If you get injured in an ATV accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries and internal bleeding, require immediate attention for treatment to work effectively.
After that, talk to a personal injury attorney about your options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Ron Aslam Law Office is Here to Help with Your Legal Claim
ATV accidents can cause serious upheaval in victims’ lives, especially if they are left with large medical bills or have to take time away from work. If you’ve been injured and you wonder if you are entitled to compensation, let’s talk. Call Ron Aslam Law Office at 502-581-1676 or contact us online to set up a consultation.