Recent Four-Wheeler and ATV Accidents Raise Questions About Safety
Four-wheelers and other ATVs are extremely popular in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. Most people who enjoy these vehicles do so safely without harm being caused to anyone. However, from time to time, accidents occur that raise questions as to how safe ATVs are, and whether or not they are being used properly. Given that summertime is officially here, it is no surprise that ATVs are being used on a regular basis – especially by children and teenagers. Recent ATV accidents involving children and teenagers demonstrate that accidents can occur at any time, and the consequences have the potential to cause serious injury or death.
The most tragic of these recent accidents occurred in Oklahoma, where a 19-month old baby boy was killed when a man's ATV was left in gear and sprang forward, pinning the baby between the ATV and a car, according to KFOR. This accident is an extreme example of how dangerous an ATV can be if not used properly. Another recent ATV accident involved six children in Texas, where the ATV flipped over, according to ABC 13. Three of the children were taken to the hospital for serious injuries and another child tragically died at the scene. Sadly, one of the children taken to the hospital also succumbed to her injuries.
Children and ATVs – Safety Tips You Should be Aware of
The ATV accidents discussed above are only examples of how children are vulnerable, and their livelihoods are at stake. Further, children may not be aware of the dangers they are exposing themselves to, and all parents and children should be aware of the following ATV safety tips, among others, provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Attend training sessions before operating an ATV;
- Prohibit children from operating adult ATVs;
- Always wear a helmet;
- Do not operate an ATV under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
- Do not operate an ATV in tandem with another ATV (i.e., driving right next to one another); and
- Do not operate an ATV on pavement.
If followed, these safety tips can certainly reduce the risk that serious injury or death will result from an ATV accident. Because children may not fully understand the ramifications of their actions, it is crucial that parents and adults in general do what they can to ensure children are more careful when operating ATVs. If an injury or death does result from an ATV accident, it isn't always easy to determine if someone is to blame for the accident, as there may be situations where fault cannot be placed on any one person.
One way to determine whether or not blame can be placed on someone else for a child's injury or death is to speak with an attorney who can thoroughly evaluate the facts and circumstances of what happened. While there is no guarantee that any one person may be held responsible for a child's injuries or death, there is nothing to lose by discussing your options with a qualified attorney who can advise what actions are necessary to protect your rights.
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