Children are Most Vulnerable in Georgia ATV Accidents
Many people ride all-terrain vehicles in rural Georgia. Unfortunately, people often fail to treat these inherently dangerous vehicles with the respect they deserve while young people often ride them. Children are most vulnerable in Georgia ATV accidents.
Fatal ATV accidents occur more often than many people realize. About 35,000 people are injured every year due to ATV accidents. More than 700 are killed annually, states HG.org.
Approximately a third of the people killed in ATV accidents each year are under 16 years old.
This is a sad state of affairs. Many of these young lives could have been spared if proper safety advice was followed.
Common causes of Georgia ATV accidents include drunk driving, too many people riding on a vehicle, ATVs tipping over on slopes, speeding, and using ATVs on paved roads.
Many ATVs are not made for passengers. However, people often ride on the backs of them in rural areas, putting themselves and the driver in danger.
Every year, children lose their lives in Georgia ATV crashes. In 2017, an eight-year-old boy was killed when an ATV overturned in Gordon County.
In 2003, five children were killed in an ATV crash in Douglas, Georgia. A 29-year-old woman was driving the all-terrain vehicle meant for one person on a regular road.
The term “off-road vehicle” means any motorized vehicle intended for cross-country travel under Georgia law. This can include on land, water, ice, snow, marshes or other natural terrains. They are not intended for use on public roads.
The Georgia law includes four and three-wheel vehicles. Typically, they are intended for use by a single operator and are not designed to carry a second rider or passenger.
If you are riding an ATV, you should follow basic safety precautions. Keep your speed down, avoid steep hills, wear helmets, and don’t carry a rider unless the ATV was built for a passenger. Younger children and teens should not drive ATVs. They are not toys.
If you have been injured or a lost a loved one on an ATV, you may be able to make an insurance claim against the at-fault party. In some cases, ATV manufacturers have been held liable for defects. Please contact our Georgia injury lawyers today for help.