An Overview of ATV Accidents
How common are ATV accidents? According to the U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries involving ATVs in the United States each year. A large percentage of these crashes involve minors. These vehicles are sometimes treated simply as toys but they are so dangerous, the CPSC recommends children under 16 years of age should not be allowed on any adult size ATV. Despite the warnings, families continue to allow their children to ride and sometimes drive ATVs off-road at high speeds. Parents need to know that it isn’t just the speed and handling that makes ATVs dangerous. Sometimes a defective design causes or contributes to deadly ATV accidents. Even a safe and well-trained driver may not have much control over a defective vehicle.