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Are all-terrain vehicle crashes as bad as motorcycle accidents?

First, you must consider that most motorcycle accidents happen on roads and highways in the midst of fast moving traffic. Naturally, these accidents are often catastrophic and sometimes life threatening. However, ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and other off-road vehicle accidents can be just as serious in many cases. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nearly 1,000 ATV-involved fatalities occurred in 2005 and 2006.

Clearly, ATV crashes are becoming as serious a problem as motorcycle accidents are across the nation. Government organizations say that ATVs are typically unstable, which means these vehicles are at risk for rolling or flipping. In turn, operators and passengers may be thrown from the ATV and suffer a number of serious injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Permanent concussions
  • Spinal cord and neck injuries
  • Neurological injuries
  • Abdomen and chest injuries

Another factor that could make ATV crashes as dangerous as motorcycle accidents is the attitude of operators and passengers. In the minds of most Oklahoma City residents, ATVs mean safe and benign summer fun. People may not take the same safety precautions as they would when riding road vehicles.

For example, many people fail to wear helmets and other safety gear, which could lead to serious injuries in the event of an ATV accident. In another example, people may operate these vehicles under the influence of alcohol, increasing their risk of an accident. In a third example, many children who are not equipped to handle a motorized vehicle operate ATVs, often without adequate supervision.

As you can see, crashing an ATV is comparable to motorcycle accidents in that serious injuries are a possible outcome. If you have suffered injuries in such an accident and you believe another person's negligence played a role, it is wise to seek an attorney's advice about your options.

Source: FindLaw, "ATV Injuries and Accidents," accessed Aug. 01, 2017

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