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How to Avoid ATV Injuries

At Galligan & Reid, P.C., we have made it our work as personal injury lawyers to help make the world a safer place. We take that work very seriously and always aim to help people avoid having to come to see us to protect their rights when they have been injured.

It is not infrequent that clients come to us after having suffered a serious injury as a result of using an ATV. A brief understanding of ATV vehicles can help you and your loved ones avoid such an injury.

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were designed as a fun way for people to reach many places that were once simply impassible. Over time, consumers began buying and riding them strictly for pleasure.

Unfortunately, over the years people have not treated them with the respect they deserve and sometimes operate them in an unsafe manner. It's not uncommon for parents to allow their children to operate an ATV, even though this is very dangerous. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 100,000 ATV related injuries in 2012, 25 percent of those injured were kids under the age of 16. Many of these injuries could have been prevented by following a few safety tips.

3 Safety Tips To Help Kids Avoid ATV Injuries

· Don't let a child under the age of 16 operate an ATV, they simply do not have the necessary cognitive skills to operate such a machine.

· If you allow a teen, 16 and over to operate an ATV, make sure they are wearing a helmet, helmets reduce head injuries by up to 60 percent.

· Only allow one teenage operator on the ATV. Don't let him or her ride with passengers, it makes the ATV much less stable.

Finally, make sure that no one is operating an ATV around your children whose mind is altered in any way by drugs or alcohol. By keeping some basic safety tips in mind, accidents and injuries can be greatly reduced, especially around your kids.


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