ATV Accident Statistics
ATV stands for all-terrain vehicle. It is a small amphibious vehicle with a seat and handlebars also known as a light utility vehicle (LUV) or a quad bike, with wheels or tractor treads designed to travel on off road terrain. It is similar to a motorbike with three or four wheels that is intended to be used by a single operator over extremely rough ground, snow and ice, and through shallow water. When used appropriately and carefully near homes or private property, these vehicles can be very useful, and, when it comes to recreational fun, ATVs are a force to be reckoned with.
With all of these advantages, ATVs appear to be gaining popularity throughout many countries, from one culture to the next, and from generation to generation. However, these vehicles are deceptively dangerous and if not operated properly, they can be unsafe and pose a threat to yourself and to those around you. All-Terrain Vehicles are not toys!
The likelihood of collisions on ATVs has increased as the number of vehicles and drivers has increased. These collisions often involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Because ATVs usually lack seat belts, this makes accidents more dangerous.Most Common Type of ATV Injuries:
Every year, approximately 135,000 people are injured, and over 700 are killed in ATV accidents. Sadly, children under the age of 16 account for a large majority of casualties.
To avoid accidents and causalities, the drivers of ATVs should always follow all recommended safety guidelines.
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All-Terrain vehicles (ATV) are a popular motorized vehicle that allows riders to travel off-road into the outdoors and sometimes at great speeds.
Also known as a “quad” or “four wheeler,” they come with three or four-wheels, low-pressure tires, a handlebar for steering, and hand controls for braking and acceleration. The rider straddles the bike.
They are intended for a single rider with no passenger.
There are ATVs made specifically for youngsters and you will see a label on the ATV with the age requirement. ATVs intended for adults generally can go faster and are larger and too heavy for a young person or adolescent to handle.
An ATV is not a toy. Serious injury can occur with the improper use of an ATV.
Another form of ATV is a UTV or Utility Task Vehicle. It is a four-wheeler off-road vehicle surrounded by a steel cage and equipped with seat belts and a wind screen. It is intended for more than one rider.
From 1982 to 2014, the federal government reports there were 362 deaths in Alabama related to ATV accidents.
Every year nationwide approximately 135,000 individuals are injured in ATV-related accidents. There are between 300-400 people killed annually in these accidents with one-third of them children under the age of 16.
Ages 15 to 24 saw the largest number of ATV operator fatalities, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
The age group of 35 to 44 had the highest percentage of ATV operators involved in fatal crashes with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash statistics from 2004 to 2013.
In 2018, there were 8 ATV-related fatalities in Alabama, according to the Consumer Federation of America. The state reached a death toll peak of 20 ATV occupant fatalities in 2009.
That number is on the rise, according to the CPSC, because of the accelerated sales of ATVs. The summertime is the peak season for off-road injuries.
Injuries occur when an individual is thrown from the ATV and suffers head trauma or bodily injury.
Other injuries result when the ATV flips and lands on top of the rider.
These are preventable injuries if you follow the industry safety advice.
When riding an ATV you will want to make sure you wear a DOT compliant helmet that protects your eyes and your head. Make sure it fits properly and the chin strap is secure.
Other safety measures include:
It is possible that your ATV has a defective part installed in its system. That is why some are recalled for defective clutch, tires, fender, or throttle. If a defective part caused your ATV accident you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
For example, Kawasaki has just recalled about 2,600 Teryx off-highway vehicles due to an incorrect joint assembly that can cause steering loss. Last March, Kawasaki also recalled about 2,600 Mule Pro MX off-highway utility vehicles because there was a problem with the fuel tank cap gasket that can allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard.
The company had received about seven reports of vehicles catching fire.
The largest recall was in 2016 of the Polaris off-highway vehicles when 133,000 were recalled due to a fire hazard. The company had received reports of fires resulting in the death of a 15-year-old passenger in a rollover that resulted from a fire.
As part of our representation of your interests, attorney J. Allen Brown will determine the cause of the crash of your off-road vehicle. If you sustained a personal injury due to the negligence of others, Mr. Brown will be thorough in the investigation of your case. Contact his Mobile office at 251- 220-3199 for a free consultation and case assessment.
By J. Allan Brown | Posted on November 25, 2019 Tags: alabama, atv accidents
Since the beginning of the year, about 17. 2 thousand people have died in traffic accidents on the country's roads, another 194 thousand have received various injuries. Remaining the most “accident” country in Europe, in Russia, according to the results of the year, it is already obvious that the smallest number of deaths and injuries in road accidents in recent decades will be recorded. The decline is observed in most of the main indicators of accidents, including drunk driving.
From January to November, almost 153,000 serious accidents occurred on Russian roads, in which 17,185 people died and about 194,300 others were injured. Such data is provided by the traffic police of the Russian Federation. Despite the frightening scale of accidents, in which Russia is far ahead of any other state in Europe, these figures, especially for those who died, are almost half as low as 10-15 years ago and even less than last year, the most successful in recent decades in terms of road safety. nine0003
According to the results of 11 months of 2016, there were almost 10% more victims of road accidents - 18,640 people, and the number of injured was about 202 thousand people.
The situation with drunken crashes has also improved markedly this year, although the absolute numbers of such accidents are still huge.
From January to November, a little more than 3.8 thousand people died in Russia due to the fault of drunk drivers or those who refused a medical examination (almost 4.6 thousand a year earlier), almost 22.9 morethousands were injured (25.7 thousand in 2016).
The situation with child injuries, despite all the efforts and propaganda of the traffic police, has remained unchanged over the year and can also be considered catastrophic.
This year, 857 children and adolescents under 18 died on the roads, and another 24,318 were injured. At the same time, about 100 minors were killed and almost 5,000 thousand were injured through their own fault. During the 11 months of 2016, 857 children also died on the roads, and the number of injured was even less - 24 099 children. The ratio of causes of accidents also remained identical - in the vast majority of accidents, this is a violation of traffic rules by drivers.
Last summer there was a real surge of accidents involving passenger transport. Due to a number of accidents with a large number of deaths, the new head of the traffic police, Mikhail Chernikov, announced immediately after his appointment that the department would sharply increase control in this area. However, serious bus accidents occur almost every week. And even against the background of a general decrease in the accident rate, the situation with the safety of transportation has worsened. nine0003
Since the beginning of the year, there have been 5,000 serious road accidents involving buses, in which 290 people died and 7,700 were injured. Last year, for 11 months, all three indicators were lower - for example, there were only 214 road accident victims.
As follows from the statistics, in 2017 more than 3.8 thousand road accidents with drivers-citizens of the CIS countries occurred in which 466 people died and more than 5.3 thousand were injured. A year ago, these figures were better. %
On the other hand, there were fewer accidents with foreign drivers from other countries in the new year.
An interesting picture of accidents is observed in Moscow. Since the beginning of the year, a little more than 8,000 serious accidents have occurred in the capital, in which 439 people died.people (520 a year earlier) and about 9200 more (9500 in 2016) were affected.
There is also a noticeable decrease in the number of accidents with drunk drivers. Last year, a total of 42 people were killed in such accidents in 11 months, and another 568 were injured. In 2017, a total of 33 people were victims of drunk driving, and another 441 were injured.
Recall that the Russian authorities have been trying for many years to improve road safety with the help of systemic interdepartmental Federal Target Programs (FTP), which finance both the regions and the federal budget. The current one was adopted in 2013 and is calculated until 2020. According to its key indicator, the death rate on the country's roads by the end of the program should decrease to 20,000 people a year. In fact, this figure was reached last year. At the same time, in the department have already developed a new program to reduce accidents.
Since the beginning of summer, 995 people have drowned in Russia, including 208 children, Izvestiya was told by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. In most cases, drowned adults entered water bodies in a state of intoxication and in places unsuitable for swimming. Children died because of neglect of adults. At the same time, despite the abnormal heat that drove people into the water in June and July, compared to the same period last year, the number of deaths decreased by 20%, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said. Experts attribute this to a decline in alcohol consumption that has been going on for several years.
Too hot weather and difficulties in traveling to foreign resorts in the summer of 2021 caused the Russians to actively relax on the waters in their own country. As a result, since the beginning of June, more than 1.6 thousand accidents on the water have occurred in Russia. Killed 995 people, including 208 children, told Izvestia in the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. There could have been more victims - rescuers managed to pull 358 people out of the water, were noted in the ministry. In addition, inspectors of the Ministry of Emergency Situations conducted over 16 thousand raids in recreation areas near water bodies and revealed more than 13 thousand offenses.
— As before, the main cause of tragedies on the water is swimming in unequipped places and in a state of intoxication, as well as the presence of children unattended and accompanied by adults, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported. nine0048
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Photo: Izvestia/Pavel Volkov
Almost a thousand deaths in June and July is a lot, but less than in the same period in 2020. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations - by 20%. In total, during the three summer months of last year, 1511 people died in reservoirs.
One of the peaks in the number of deaths on the water in the Russian Federation fell on 2010: then during the swimming season over 3 thousand people drowned. That summer, there was also abnormal heat in Central Russia, Andrei Demin, professor at Sechenov University, president of the Russian Public Health Association, recalled in an interview with Izvestia. nine0047 The fact that in 2021 the final statistics, apparently, will not be as depressing, the expert associated with a decrease in alcohol consumption.
— In 2010, due to the heat, people bathed more and, unfortunately, drowned more. This year also turned out to be hot, but at the same time we are seeing a decrease in the number of drowned people. One of the main contributing factors has been the reduction in per capita alcohol consumption. In 2010, this figure was almost 16 liters, by 2016 it had dropped to almost 11.7 liters. And by 2019-mu, according to the Ministry of Health, alcohol consumption has decreased to 9.3 liters per person per year, , the expert said.
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Photo: Izvestia/Pavel Volkov
The correlation between the level of alcohol consumption and the dynamics of accidents on the water has been traced for several years, he stressed.
Child mortality on the water is also often associated with the problem of alcohol. Honored Rescuer of Russia Alexander Kursakov recalled that a drunk parent is inattentive and cares less about the safety of a child. nine0048
— In general, the preparation of children for emergency situations on the water is not very developed in our country. Even in kindergarten, a child should be taught how to behave if you start to drown, but no one does this. As a result, with a convulsion, the child begins to panic and may no longer be saved, , the expert complained.
Another cause of deaths on the water noted by the Ministry of Emergency Situations - swimming on wild beaches - is also indirectly related to alcohol, Alexander Kursakov said. nine0003
- Most of the accidents on the water occur in places not equipped for swimming, where no one controls the vacationers, the expert added. “That’s where most people drink alcohol.
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Photo: Izvestiya/Alexander Polegenko
According to him, when a person exhausted by heat and drinking enters the water, he may experience a muscle spasm, loss of consciousness is likely.
- The no-swimming sign warns of poor water quality and that whirlpools and currents may be present in the reservoir. Swimming there, you can not only catch an unpleasant disease, but also get entangled in algae. nine0048 If there are no signs, but you do not know the features of the river or lake, it is still better to choose an equipped beach, especially if you are relaxing with children, the lifeguard advised.
It was this combination - swimming with children in an unfamiliar place - that led to the tragic death of a famous young scientist. On July 5, a prominent Russian geneticist Oleg Balanovsky, who was vacationing with his family on the Unzha River in the Kostroma Region, died. At some point, the man noticed that the children got into a strong current and began to drown. Balanovsky managed to push the children out of the danger zone, but he didn’t have enough strength to save himself. nine0003
Unfortunately, strictly following the rules is not a guarantee either. A high-profile story happened on July 17 in Zelenogradsk, Kaliningrad region: a student from Nigeria, Richard Okaziya Eluemonor, drowned in the Baltic Sea, saving a girl who was carried away to the depths by a stormy current. He pushed the girl to safety, but he couldn't get himself out of the water . The tragedy happened on the city beach, said the Kaliningrad State Technical University, where the Nigerian studied. According to the young man's widow, there were no rescuers around at that moment. nine0003
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Photo: Izvestia/Dmitry Korotaev
The swimming season is still going on: there is almost a month of summer ahead. In this regard, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reminds that it is impossible to enter the water in places where boards with warning and prohibition signs are displayed, swim behind buoys, swim up to any ships, jump from boats, boats, piers and other structures not adapted for these purposes, as well as drinking alcoholic beverages while swimming.