Many young riders, including children, are injured every year in dirt bike and ATV accidents. These accidents contribute to many broken bones, head or brain injuries and even loss of life for the riders involved in these tragic accidents.
Although some accidents happen due to lack of experience or just recklessness on the part of the rider, many of the accidents are caused by other vehicles being careless, putting innocent riders at risk of injury.
Young People Frequently Involved In Horrific ATV Crashes With Life-Long Injuries
According to the Center for Disease Control, young riders are at high risk for injury when riding an off-road motorcycle such as dirt bike. In a study of non-fatal accidents of riders nineteen or younger over a three-year period, there were some eye-opening statistics.
- At least 13 riders died in off-road motorcycle accidents in 2003 that were under the age of 19
- An average of 23,800 young riders were treated for injuries per year
- The highest percentage of injuries happened in riders 16-years of age or younger, making up 69.9% of injuries
These young riders are the most susceptible to accidents due to their lack of experience and skill. However, in some cases it is not these young riders that are at fault for the accidents. Other riders, mechanically defects, concealed defects in the riding area and other factors can also play into the cause of these accidents.
An Increase In Popularity & Rate Of All-Terrain Vehicle Accidents In Illinois and Across The Country
All-terrain vehicles or ATV’s have become very popular in those involved in off-road riding. While many may think these vehicles are safer than their two-wheeled counterparts, they have many risks of their own. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has compiled statistics on the injuries and deaths that have occurred while riding these vehicles.
- In 2010 there were an estimated 726 deaths while riding an ATV. 14% of the reported deaths were children under the age of 16.
- There were an estimated 115,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2010 from ATV accidents. 25% were under the age of 16.
- There were an estimated 10.6 million ATV’s in use in 2010 with an estimated risk of death of .7 per 10,000 riders.
Lack of Helmet Use in Off-Road Riding Responsible for Many Fatalities
Many serious injuries and fatalities can be prevented in off-road accidents by wearing a helmet while riding. Just like motorcycles and bicycles, off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATV’s put riders at great risk for head injuries. While few states have helmet laws for off-road riders, choosing to wear a helmet when riding any bike or ATV, on or off-road, is the safest way to ride.
Attorneys For Illinois Dirt Bike And ATV Accidents
If you or your child has been injured in a dirt bike or ATV accident and you have reason to believe that you have a legal right to compensation for the injuries, Chicago Injury Center offers a free consultation to discuss your case. Off-road vehicle injury cases can be complex and you need an experienced law firm that can look at all angles of your case– and most importantly, who has experience successfully working on cases like yours.
We invite you to meet with one of our skilled attorneys to discuss your legal options. We never charge a fee for our services unless we are able to recover financial compensation for your injuries or loss. 312-818-4450