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All-terrain vehicle-related injuries are a huge problem across the United States, and we see more children affected than adults. According to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the major risk factors for young riders also are entirely preventable.

Their studies show that the injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes.

Researchers reviewed data from 16 published studies conducted from 2000 to 2010 on the epidemiology and risk factors among ATV-related injuries in American children.

Data from 2013, the most recent reporting year from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, showed that there were an estimated 99,600 ATV-related injuries in the United States that required at least emergency department treatment. Of those, approximately 25 percent were in children under 16.

The factors that appear related to the relatively high rates of death and injury for children are more powerful machines, younger drivers and lack of safety equipment and risky driving behavior. The most common causes for ATV injuries among young riders are vehicle rollover, collision with a stationary object and ejection from the vehicle.

One of the biggest dangers is when children are given free rein to use an adult-sized machine, like an ATV. The truth is that ATVs are often driven by children too young for a driver’s license, and allowing them access to these machines that are prone to flipping over and rolling is just not a good idea. It is very easy for kids to lose control of these machines, as ATVs can reach speeds above 50 MPH. Most parents would not allow their child to drive a car at that speed, and cars are outfitted with airbags and seat belts, where ATVs are not.

ATV accident victims can suffer severe injuries and even wrongful death. Traumatic brain injuries are common for ATV accident victims, and these injuries usually require long-term medical care.

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A 5-year-old boy was killed in an ATV accident in Polk County Saturday.

Deputies said a 32-year-old father and his son, 5, were riding in an area near the 3700 block of West Socrum Loop Road. The child was sitting in front of his father on the ATV, wearing a soft helmet.

The man told deputies he was running the ATV on a dirt road when he made a U-Turn, accelerated and went over a grass mound. At that time, the passenger side front tire support arm broke, causing the ATV to roll several times.

Both riders were thrown from the ATV.

Both were transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, where the boy was pronounced dead. The father suffered possible broken ribs.

Deputies specified that the helmet the child was wearing was not designed for use with motorized vehicles. The investigation is ongoing.

Polk County has a variety of places where people enjoy tooling around on on all terrain vehicles (ATVs) like four-wheelers, three wheelers, and even dirt bikes. We see a growing number of children playing with these machines each year, which results in more and more injuries and wrongful deaths. Many people do not view these machines as dangerous, and see them as little more than toys, which is sadly not the case.

ATV accidents result in 150 deaths every year.  More than 10,000 children under the age of 16 have been killed on ATVS since the 1980s. According to a survey from Johns Hopkins University, the amounts of deaths from ATV accidents have doubled since 1996.    

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Two boys riding dirt bikes are recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car on Christmas Eve.

The boys, 13 and 16, were riding their bikes around Southwest 66th Terrace and Southwest 28th Street when a Nissan Altima hit them around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Miramar Police spokeswoman.

The two boys were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

dirt bike betch.jpgThe driver of the Altima reportedly stayed at the scene after the accident. Police are still investigating the incident.

Dirt bikes and ATV’s, otherwise known as all-terrain vehicles, can be fun for individuals of all ages, but they are also notorious for being very dangerous. Dirt bike and ATV accidents can result in serious injuries, paralysis and even death. If you or someone you care for has suffered an injury from dirt bike or ATV accident, it is important to consult with a Broward County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton immediately. We represent individuals who have been injured on a dirt bike, motorcycle or ATV throughout Broward County, including the cities of Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors.

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1115332_atv_driver.jpgMims, Florida – Three teen boys were injured in an ATV crash Saturday afternoon in Brevard County after apparently crashing into each other on a road in Mims.

The boys, ages 14 and 17, were airlifted to a nearby hospital. One of the boys was thrown from the all-terrain vehicle during the collision.

Updated information on the boys’ condition is not available at this time.

The trio was issued a ticket for driving illegally on a public road. Two were also cited for careless driving and the youngest boy was ticketed for not wearing a helmet.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATV accidents caused 115,000 injuries and contributed to more than 300 deaths in 2010. While ATVs and 4-wheelers can be exciting forms of transportation, they place drivers and passengers at an increased risk for severe injuries and even death. After an ATV accident takes place on a public road or in a rural area, a thorough investigation must be conducted to preserve critical evidence. Determining the exact cause of your accident may help you recover the compensation you need to move on from severe injuries, including:

• Head Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Broken Bones
• Paralysis
• Amputation
• Neck and Back Injuries
• Scars and Disfigurement
Many of the ATV accidents that occur throughout the U.S. each year involve adults over the age of 18, but in the last 10 years the number of children and teens killed in ATV crashes has increased by 88 percent. Statistics compiled by the CPSC show that while children under the age of 16 only make up 15 percent of all ATV riders, they have accounted for 27 percent of ATV injuries and 28 percent of ATV-related deaths. Many of these accidents and injuries are caused by other motorists, riders failing to wear proper safety equipment and even negligent manufacturers.

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A 20-year-old Inverness, FL woman was killed in an all-terrain-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Crystal River after the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman’s 22-year-old boyfriend was driving the 2010 Polaris ATV around 4 p.m. in a field when the vehicle rotated, overturned onto its right side and then came to a halt against a fence.

The man and the woman were both ejected from the vehicle. The man suffered minor injuries.

An investigation into the crash is still underway.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2009 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries, between the years of 1982 and 2009 there have been a total of 10,281 ATV-related deaths in the United States. The number of fatality reports increased 648 since the last annual report prepared by the CPSC in 2008. In the state of Florida, there were 361 ATV-related deaths from 1982-2006 and 86 reported deaths from 2007-2009; totaling 447 reported fatalities or 29 percent of all U.S. ATV-related deaths from 1982-2006.

ATVs are powerful vehicles with the potential for disaster and should never be treated as toys. These vehicles can travel at excess speeds of 60 miles per hour and can weigh more than 700 pounds. ATVs can easily tip or roll over and because the vehicle is usually operated in off-road conditions proper training is essential.

Any person found responsible for an ATV accident can be held liable for injuries and damages suffered by the victim of the collision. In the event of a wrongful death, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of companionship, mental distress, lost wages and loss of earning potential. To receive fair compensation a rigid investigation needs to take place immediately so all evidence can be preserved, medical information can be obtained and any involved insurance parties can be notified to begin their examination.

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