Missouri, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ranked ninth in the nation for all-terrain vehicle-related deaths in 2006.
The CPSC also reports that from 2003 to 2006, there were 146,600 ATV-related injuries across the U.S., 27 percent of which were kids under 16.
In “ATV accidents, complaints on the rise,” Jefferson County Suburban Journal reporter Sarah AuBuchon writes that once the weather warms up and school is out, emergency rooms see an increase in ATV riders with broken bones and head injuries.
Dr. Robert Beckman, an ER doctor at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, told the Suburban Journal that flip-overs are one of the most common causes of serious injuries.
“You have two opportunities for injury, the fall and then the ATV itself falling on you. People think ATVs are safe because they have four wheels, but they have a high center of gravity and flip over easily. If you’re going up a hill and they flip, you can fall 10 to 15 feet down a hill and then the thing lands on you. It’s like having a horse fall on top of you.”
If you or a loved one has been injured or a family member has been killed in an ATV accident, we urge you to contact Carey, Danis & Lowe. Our attorneys are experienced in helping people injured by dangerous all-terrain vehicles. We will seek compensation for medical expenses, future and other affected wages, disability and other related damages, pain and suffering.
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