ATV is an acronym for “All Terrain Vehicle” – a type of outdoor vehicle that we began to use in the United States in 1970 when the Honda Motor Company imported the all-terrain vehicle into our country for some market testing and evaluation. There were high hopes that this innovative product would create a buying frenzy.
However, during the testing-phase of these vehicles, the engineers who were responsible for testing these machines quickly learned that they were quite easy to flip over. Armed with this information, the rollover potential was passed to Honda, making note that the machine was unsafe.
Despite this warning – unfortunately for many of us – Honda refused to listen. Instead, they spent millions of dollars marketing this new off-road vehicle as a way to spend recreational time with your family – focusing on the fun-factor of these new machines, and downplaying the serious risks of injury when using one of these vehicles.
As time has proven to be true, in the following decades, the rollover statistics have been heartbreaking – with more than 10,000 deaths and millions of serious injuries directly caused by these vehicles. Making things worse, is that the ATV manufacturers automatically place blame on the rider and not the machine after one of these accidents has taken place.
If you have been hurt in an all-terrain-vehicle crash, the compassionate and experienced ATV accident lawyer team at Lewis & Keller can help. You may be eligible to receive compensation for damages and injuries that you have received while riding on – or driving – an ATV.
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ATV Personal Injury & Accident Statistics
While the ATV industry often publicizes that ATV deaths and injuries are decreasing, the reality is that the statistics recently published by the medical community tell a very different story….
From 2004 to 2008, there were an estimated 704,000 people injured while operating ATVs in the United States. During the same time period, about 3,372 people were killed. Sadly, almost 25 percent of those deaths were children under the age of 16.
With these statistics in mind – and as with any other activity that involves a risk of injury – when driving or riding an ATV, it is VERY important to learn about the safest way to drive that particular vehicle, before it’s too late. Read on for some simple ATV driving tips….
All-Terrain-Vehicle Driving Tips
Despite the alarming statistics of driver and passenger injuries that can result from driving these vehicles, if you do choose to operate an ATV, there are some common, practical precautions that you should keep in mind, to help minimize the chance of operator injury.
Some of those tips include:
- Do not drive ATVs with a passenger or ride as a passenger. Most ATVs are designed for only one person.
- Do not drive ATVs on paved roads. Because of the design of ATVs, they are difficult to control and fatalities often occur on paved roads.
- Do not permit children to drive or ride adult ATVs. Children are involved in about one-third of all ATV-related deaths and hospital emergency room injuries. Most of these occur when a child is on an adult-sized ATV.
- Do not drive ATVs while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
North Carolina State Laws for ATVs
As an ATV driver, some VERY IMPORTANT North Carolina state laws that are worth knowing are:
- No one under age 8 may operate an All-Terrain-Vehicle.
- Children under age 12 may only operate an ATV that has an engine capacity of under 70cc.
- Children under age 16 may only operate an ATV that has a 90cc engine capacity or less.
- Children under age 16 must be supervised by a person at least age 18.
- Passengers may not be carried unless the vehicle was designed to carry passengers.
- All ATV operators must wear helmet and eye protection.
- ATV use on public streets and highways is prohibited except to cross.
- No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
- Effective October 1, 2006, every ATV operator born on or after January 1, 1990, must have an ATV safety certificate.
- Persons using ATVs for farming, hunting or trapping are exempt from the law’s provisions.
Contact A North Carolina ATV Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured driving an All-Terrain-Vehicle contact Lewis & Keller. Our Personal Injury Attorneys are waiting to help. With offices that service both Greensboro and Winston-Salem, our staff have the skills and experience to handle your ATV injury compensation claim. Our “No Fee Promise” ensures that there is never a fee unless we collect for you.
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