August is traditionally a very risky month for ATV crashes

Every year, ATV accidents cause numerous injuries and deaths during the month of August.

Going for an ATV ride can be fun for the whole family. However, four-wheeling can also be dangerous, and there is great potential for injury in the event of an ATV crash.

In one recent incident that is receiving national media attention, a young man of just 16 reportedly saved his girlfriend from injury by pushing her off the ATV they were riding when the right suspension locked up, but ran out of time to dismount the vehicle himself before it crashed. He severed his spinal cord, and doctors say it is unlikely that he will walk again.

As Labor Day approaches and many families gear up to go four-wheeling one last time before the school year starts, this ATV accident and others like it remind us all to be attentive to safety during the most dangerous month for four-wheeling of the year - and to pursue appropriate legal redress for injuries suffered in an ATV crash.

Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year in ATV crashes

Although year-to-year totals fluctuate somewhat, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that approximately 568 American adults die every year in ATV accidents. Roughly 103 of these annual deaths occur during August, making it the deadliest month for ATV riders.

In addition to deaths, ATV crashes are responsible for causing thousands of nonfatal injuries every year. In 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that 107,500 nonfatal ATV-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms across the country. While 107,500 serious injuries are nothing to take lightly, that number is a marked improvement over the record high 150,900 ATV injuries that were estimated to have occurred in 2007.

Of course, there are some things ATV riders can do to protect themselves. According to an analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data slated for publication in September in the Journal of Safety Research, among ATV riders killed in crashes on public roads between 2007 and 2011, only 13 percent were wearing a helmet and 43 percent had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. In addition, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about a third of ATV deaths occur on paved surfaces, which off-road vehicles are not designed to be driven on.

Get compensation for ATV injuries with help from an ATV crash attorney

There are some things you can do to help prevent injury or death in an ATV crash, like wearing a helmet, avoiding drinking and riding, and only operating your four-wheeler on the types of surfaces it was designed for. But sometimes, a machine malfunctions, another motorist causes a crash, or any number of other possible mishaps strike.

If you were injured in an ATV crash, or if you lost a family member to an ATV accident, you may be entitled to compensation from vehicle manufacturers, motorists responsible for causing the crash or insurers. Talk to an ATV crash attorney today to learn more about your right to compensation and to pursue any available legal remedies.

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