All-Terrain Vehicles are a popular form of recreation in Pennsylvania. ATVs are mostly for fun, but are also used in occupations such as farming and policing. As ATVs have become more popular, the number of injuries and fatalities from ATV accidents has also grown. According to the GAO, deaths from ATV accidents grew from 534 in 1999 to 816 in 2007, a 53 percent increase. ATV accidents can be very complicated, involving multiple insurance companies and complicated legal issues. Freeburn & Hamilton PA ATV accident attorneys have years of experience representing and protecting the rights of those injured in ATV accidents. Freeburn & Hamilton has been protecting the rights of injury victims since 1982.
ATVs are defined as off-road motorized vehicles, usually with four tires, a straddle seat for the operator, and handlebars for steering control. More than 10 million ATVs were in use nationwide as of 2010, nearly triple the number compared to 2000, according to a 2010 report on ATVs by the U.S. General Accounting Office.
The number of ATV accident injuries requiring an emergency room visit shot up 65 percent from 1999 to 2008. The national cost of injuries and deaths from ATV accidents more than doubled from 1999 to 2007, from about $10.7 billion to $22.3 billion. ATV accidents can be very complicated, involving a multiple insurance companies and legal issues. It is best to contact an ATV Accident Attorney from Freeburn & Hamilton. The PA ATV accident attorneys at Freeburn & Hamilton are committed to providing excellent legal service in the pursuit of the maximum compensation provided by law.
The most common injuries from ATV accidents are bone fractures, or cranial or spinal injuries. Fracture of the lower limb was the most common injury from ATV accidents, according to one study that GAO cited. Injury severity depended on speed, terrain, riding behavior, helmet usage, and other conditions.
Children are involved in about one-fifth of the deaths and about one-third of the injuries from ATV accidents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, injuries to children who are riding adult-sized ATVs are often very serious, and include severe brain, spinal, abdominal, and complicated orthopedic injuries.
Children are most at risk when riding adult-sized ATVs, which are more difficult for children to handle. The GAO report said that while ATV makers and distributors have pledged to prevent dealers from selling adult-sized ATVs for use by children, undercover spot checks of selected dealers in four states indicated that 7 of 10 dealers were willing to sell an adult-sized ATV for use by children.
Pennsylvania is one of the most dangerous states when it comes to ATVs. According to the GAO report, 191 people died from ATV accidents in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2005. Just three other states – Kentucky, Texas and West Virginia – reported more deaths from ATVs than Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, the laws and regulations covering ATVs are found in Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.
Here are some basics:
- You must be at least 8 years old to operate an ATV on public lands in Pennsylvania.
- You must be at least 10 years old to operate a 70cc or larger ATV on public lands.
- All riders between 8 and 15 years old must possess a safety education certificate.
- You must be 16 or over to operate an ATV without supervision in Pennsylvania, unless you have a safety certificate.
- You must wear an approved helmet.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, you do not have to have liability insurance to ride your ATV on land that you own or lease. Otherwise, you must have liability insurance and you must carry proof of that insurance on you when you ride. The state does not set minimum requirements or coverage standards for ATV liability insurance.
Injuries from an ATV accident can be permanent and costly. You could lose income if you must be out of work for an extended period.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, contact the PA ATV Accident Attorneys, Freeburn & Hamilton. Call the 7’s, (717) 777-7777 or (570) 777-7777 or complete the contact form on this page.
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