All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are motorized 3 and 4-wheeled vehicles used for off-road riding. ATVs provide an easy and fast way to access off-road areas for fun and rescue operations. Sadly, many adults and children are injured in ATV accidents each year in Alaska.
Children driving ATVs who are under the age of 16 are the most at risk for accidents. In Alaska, children under 18 must have a safety certificate to ride without adult supervision on public lands.
A full size ATV can weigh in excess of 750 pounds and can travel up to 75 mph. Drivers should only operate an ATV that is appropriate for their size and age. Recommended sizes are as follows:
- Age – Size
- 6-11 years old – 50-70cc
- 12-16 years old – 70cc – 90cc
- over 16 – 90cc
If you or a loved one was injured on an ATV, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to speak with an ATV accident lawyer.
Causes of ATV Accidents
ATV Accidents can be caused by a variety of factors including driver inexperience, improper positioning on the vehicle, too many riders on the vehicle, lack of protective gear, operating an ATV at unsafe speed, or operating an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Not surprisingly, the most common factors in ATV accidents are the experience of the driver and drug or alcohol use. DUI/DWI laws apply in ATV crashes just as in automobile accidents.
Head injuries are the number one cause of ATV accident fatalities. Other injuries that are sustained in ATV accidents are:
- Head and spinal cord injuries
- Abdominal injuries
Injuries and accidents can be prevented by using protective clothing, getting proper rider training, and using the ATV in the correct manner.
Because three-wheel ATVs were involved in so many rollover accidents, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit alleging that ATVs and their manufacturers were violating the Consumer Product Safety Act. Because of this pressure, ATV manufacturers stopped making three-wheel ATVs and began producing only four wheelers in 1987. Four wheelers provide greater stability so are more resistant to rollovers which were so common in the three wheeled versions.
In spite of that, millions of defective three-wheelers were never recalled and are still being used today.
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Seriously injured in an ATV accident in the State of Alaska? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your ATV accident case is worth? Call Ben Crittenden, an experienced ATV accident lawyer, at (907) 312-5381 for a FREE legal consultation regarding your ATV injury case. Visit our contact page to send us a message directly.