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From sandy beaches to rocky deserts and from open pastures to mountain forests, ATVs are a popular form of utilitarian and recreational transportation. However, they are also associated with high risk of injury and even death. According to one study, ATVs are as dangerous as motorcycles when comparing their associated mortality rates. The Arizona ATV accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group are here to ensure that you do not face the legal path to recovering compensation alone.
Our nationwide team of accident lawyers is ready to evaluate and handle your case. If you or a loved one were injured in an ATV accident in Arizona, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with an experienced ATV accident lawyer near you.
ATV Accident statistics
ATV accidents are remarkably common; according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 93,800 ATV-related, emergency department-treated injuries in the United States in 2017. An estimated 26% of these involved children younger than 16 years of age.
The CPSC further reported 295 ATV-related deaths in 2017, 531 in 2016, and 585 in 2015. Deaths between 1982 and 2017 totaled to 15,250. Of these, 268 occurred in Arizona.
In 2016 alone, the CPSC reported a total of 101,200 emergency department-treated ATV injuries nationwide. The injuries break down as follows:
- Arms/Hands – 31,300 (29%)
- Head/Neck – 30,300 (27%)
- Legs/Feet – 20,900 (22%)
- Torso – 23,400 (20%)
- Other – 1,500 (2%)
Of the injuries reported between 2010–2013, the accident locations break down as follows:
- Paved surfaces – 32%
- Unpaved roads – 18%
- Forests/Woods – 11%
- Fields, pasture, farmland, or ranchland – 13%
- Desert, sand dunes, beach, or off-highway vehicle park – 5%
- Unknown – 14%
- Other – 7%
Most ATV accidents happen between May and September, when outdoor activities are more accessible; the numbers peak in July. Many of these accidents and fatalities are completely avoidable. To avoid ATV-related accidents, the CPSC makes the following safety recommendations:
1. Wear a helmet and other protective gear (e.g., eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt);
2. Never allow more riders than the ATV was designed for;
3. Get training from a qualified instructor;
4. Stay off paved roads, and use extreme caution when crossing one is necessary; and
5. Never let someone under the age of 16 ride an adult ATV.