New Evidence ATVs are More Dangerous Than Motorcycles


May 20, 2011

Consumer safety experts are leading the push for new standards for ATVs and other off-highway vehicles.

Some of the problem areas that they will be targeting have to do with rollovers, steering issues and outdated safety features. U.S. transportation experts say that there are 800-900 deaths a year caused by ATV accidents.

The severity of the injuries sustained in ATV and off-road motorcycle accidents can be quite similar. What is interesting, however, is that doctors say that a victim of an ATV accident is 50 percent more likely to die of these injuries than victims of a motorcycle accident. If you or a close family member is injured in an ATV accident or you have lost a family member in a fatal ATV accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been helping families since 1984, including Georgia ATV accident victims.

There was a study done by John Hopkin's researchers on nearly 60,000 ATV and motorcycle accidents with data obtained from the national trauma bank. Even with ATV riders wearing helmets, there was an increased chance of death over motorcycle riders.

The fact that ATV riders suffer more fatalities could be the result of the fact that ATVs weigh substantially more than motorcycles and that they tend to land on riders in a crash, resulting in more serious injuries overall. Off-road motorcyclists also probably wear more protective gear and clothing than ATV riders.

Many people have a theory that four wheels are better than two when it comes to safety. Some young people will try tricks on an ATV that they wouldn't even think about trying on a motorcycle. In general, people underestimate the dangers of quad riding. Therefore they let down their guard and don't operate the vehicle with as much caution as a quad requires.

Training and safety also are probably not emphasized as much for people riding on ATVs as it is for people that are going to be riding motorcycles. When young riders get scared while riding, they tend to freeze up. On a bike, they lose their balance and crash while on an ATV they keep going until they flip the ATV or hit something. Riding a dirt bike emphasizes and teaches a rider balance while riding on an ATV doesn't require this level of riding skill.

A lot of experienced riders who have ridden both will tell you that an ATV allows people to become over-confident too quickly. A dirt bike will let a rider know when he is getting too close to the edge before they are in trouble. A rider can learn skills on a dirt bike that they absolutely cannot learn while riding an ATV.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident due to someone's negligence or a mechanical, manufacturing or design defect, you may be able to receive compensation for you losses. Despite the extreme danger posed by ATVs, it is reasonable to assume that their increasing popularity as a recreational toy will continue. The vehicles are inherently dangerous and off-road use on rural terrain only increases the risk.

The Georgia ATV attorneys of Montlick and Associates represent those seriously injured in accidents from ATV's and other vehicles throughout the entire state of Georgia, including Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins, as well as every smaller town and rural area. Serving All Georgia counties including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry Counties. Contact Montlick & Associates for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia we are only a phone call away, and we will travel to meet with you.

Category: Personal Injury

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