Teens and Children at a Greater Risk for ATV Injuries

Miley Legal Group

An all terrain vehicle, or ATV, accident can be devastating for anyone aboard the vehicle; the most common ATV related injuries include head trauma, crushed bones and amputations. It is a major concern then that a large percentage of ATV injuries in the U.S. affect children.

A recent study concerning ATV accidents showed that teenagers and adolescents suffer the most serious injuries and a greater number of head injuries when compared to all other age groups. Younger people are believed to suffer more severe injuries in ATV accidents because of a certain skill set which they have not yet developed.

Teenagers and adolescents have not developed several skills and abilities required to safely drive an ATV, including:  

  • Cognitive capabilities;
  • Fine motor skills; and
  • Physical strength. 

Also, an inexperienced teen may take risks while riding an ATV that an adult would have learned to avoid.

If you have a child or teenager who has been involved in an ATV accident, keep in mind that the above-listed factors may not have been the cause of your child’s accident. Faulty machinery in the vehicle or the negligence of another individual are also likely causes. If this is the case, you should consult an experienced Clarksburg ATV accident attorney to discuss your legal options as soon as possible.

You can learn more about common ATV accident injuries by visiting our article library.

Recreation opportunities abound in West Virginia, but ATV riding can lead to potentially serious or fatal accidents. If you have been harmed because of somebody else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to seek justice. The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation – (304) 326-1800