Baltimore Auto Accident Lawyers: ATVs – A Word Of Warning

 

In March of this year, a 29-year-old from Salisbury died when he was thrown from an ATV he was riding at high speed over uneven terrain. The deceased man was not wearing a helmet and died later in the hospital.

In June, a 43-year-old woman from Frederick died in Mount Airy when the ATV she was driving ran off the road into a utility pole and then a tree. The victim died at the scene, while her passenger suffered life-threatening injuries.

Finding first acceptance in the agricultural industry in the 1980s, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), or quads, have become widely popular as recreational and work vehicles. Marketed to all ages, ATVs also pose considerable risk to their riders.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 86 people have died in ATV accidents in our state since 1982. Because of their maneuverability and speed, quads require special handling and skills matched to the size of the vehicle.

Our firm represents clients injured in all types of accidents. In ATV accidents, broken bones and head or brain injury are a common result. Consider these facts from the CPSC:

  • In 2011, there were more than 100,000 ATV-related emergency department visits
  • About 27 percent of those injured were under 16 years of age
  • The agency reports there were 327 fatalities from quad accidents that year

Quad safety requires training and responsibility for yourself and those you ride with. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by the negligence of others, talk to a Baltimore auto accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to discuss your legal rights and options. Let us fight for you.