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ATV accidents and injuries explained

ATVs, or "all-terrain vehicles," are a type of four-wheeled vehicle used for both work and recreational purposes. People often drive them around at moderately high speeds for pleasure. Additionally, farmers will use ATVs to get around their properties to inspect crops, livestock, and other farm duties. ATVs, while not as ubiquitous as cars, have their place and use.

Sadly, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 2007, over 150,000 people went to emergency rooms due to ATV-related injuries. ATVS, while enjoyable, are serious pieces of equipment that need respect and care.

Most ATV accidents result from crashes, flips, and rolls. A flip or a roll occurs because the ATV was unstable. Flips or rolls can either throw the driver clear from the ATV or pin him beneath it. Most flips and rolls occur because the driver did not understand the mechanical limitations in the ATV.

ATVs have four wheels, so intuitively, you think it is more stable than a motorcycle. But, you would be wrong. ATVs do not undergo the same balancing tests as other "street legal" vehicles. Therefore, they require extra care during operation. Additionally, most ATVs were not designed to accommodate passengers, so the added weight destabilizes the car.

When ATVs crash, traumatic brain injuries such as concussions, neck injuries, and neurological injuries often result. Furthermore, fractures, breaks, and dislocations are also common.

Did you suffer a head injury due to a negligent ATV driver? If yes, you may want to speak to with an attorney to review your rights. You will likely need reimbursement for your medical expenses and future medical care costs. A lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to pay for those bills and other expenses as they come up.

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