Recreational Vehicle and ATV Accidents in Southwest Florida
In Florida, residents are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the great outdoors year-round. Many Floridians choose to spend their free time riding All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) for pleasure. According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), Florida had the 6th highest number of fatalities involving ATV accidents. We would like to help educate you on how to avoid this type of tragedy. If you are involved in an ATV accident, we are here to help.
There Are Many Factors That Contribute to ATV Accidents
- Age of operator
- Type of ATV
- Speed of ATV
Age of Operator and Type of ATV
The age of the operator and the type of ATV play a crucial role in many ATV accidents. Most of the ATVs you see today are 4-wheel, these are considered safer than 3 wheel ATVs. All ATVs are designed for specific age groups. When children operate an adult ATV they will have trouble controlling the ATV as well as face the added danger of riding on a faster and larger machine. Youth ATVs also have additional safety features to help keep children safe. These include smaller handlebars, larger brakes, and mirrors, and some include remote safety switches that an adult can operate.
Dangerous Speeds of ATV aka All Terrain Vehicles
ATVs are generally considered safer than a motorcycle when used at a low speed. However, like a motorcycle, an ATV provides little protection when involved in an accident. Rollover accidents involving ATVs can be especially dangerous, with many of these types of accidents involving serious injury or death. On steep or hilly terrain an ATV can be dangerous at any speed. This is due to the increased likelihood of a rollover accident. According to Consumer Affairs, people are using ATVs at high speed on paved roads, this is helping to contribute to a 10% increase in fatalities.
Intoxication, Helmets, and Passengers Regarding ATV Safety and Accidents
There are three things you should never do when operating an ATV. Never consume alcohol when operating an ATV. Alcohol will impair your judgment and increase your likelihood to be in an accident. Never ride without a helmet. Safety gear can help reduce the seriousness of injuries sustained during an ATV accident. Never operate an ATV with a passenger. It is not safe, ATVs require the operator to shift their weight during operation. Having a passenger will reduce your ability to safely operate an ATV.
We Are Here To Help If You Are in ATV Accidents in Southwest Florida
With certain ATV accidents, there is the potential liability of the operator (if you are a passenger), another ATV operator if you are riding with one or more additional ATVs, or liability of the manufacturer for negligent design. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices located in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now.