All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are vehicles that travel on low pressure tires, have a seat that is straddled by the driver, and handlebars used for steering. Also known as quads, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and quadricycles, ATVs are popular with motor enthusiasts everywhere. ATVs can be a fun experience for enthusiasts, however it is important to be aware of the dangers that come with riding as well as what you can do to ensure your ride is as safe as possible.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) has studied statistics pertaining to ATV accidents.
- From 2013-2015 there were 64 ATV-related fatalities in the state of Florida
- In 2015 there were 340 ATV-related fatalities in the U.S.
- In 2015 there were approximately 97,200 ATV-related injuries requiring emergency treatment; approximately 28% of those treated were under the age of 16
Note: The numbers above are ongoing and may continue to increase.
The ATV safety institute identifies crucial DOs and DON’T’s for operating an ATV safely.
- DO: wear a DOT approved helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, boots, and gloves
- DON’T: travel on paved roads, other vehicles may collide with you
- DON’T: use alcohol or drugs when riding
- DON’T: transport passengers on single-rider ATVs or more than one passenger on a two person ATV
- DO: ride only an ATV appropriate for your age; supervise younger riders
- DO: ride on ATV specific trails at a safe speed
Who to Call
ATV accidents can result in serious or even fatal injuries. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury resulting from operating an ATV you should seek qualified legal counsel. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.