Healthday reported on a new study released by a pediatric journal that has shown that “riding ATVs poses high risks of injury or death for children and teens.” The study reported that the most dangerous part of ATV riding for children and teens is the fact that they are often riding on an ATV built for an adult. In addition, children often are injured or killed while riding ATVs on public roads, where they are not meant to be driven. Children are also harmed when they don’t wear helmets or drive with or as passengers.
Researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine stated that children’s deaths from ATV usage have increased dramatically from 2001 through 2004. The Director of emergency medicine research at the university advocated for stricter safety regulations controlling ATVs to prevent injuries and death to children and teens while driving. At this current time, however, state laws regulating ATV and helmet use vary from state to state, which may affect the rate and severity of injuries among children throughout the country.
If you or your loved one was injured while driving an ATV, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sarno da Costa D’Aniello Maceri LLC for help with your case. We can be reached at 973-274-5200.