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ATV Accident


According to an ATV safety study published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles happen in California than in any other state. The study tracked ATV-related deaths between 1982 and 2011,when 628 people died in California. Texas ranked second, with 612 reported fatalities, and Pennsylvania ranked third with 571. Rhode Island had the fewest fatalities, with only eight reported deaths.

ATV death and injury statistics

  • 25 percent of ATV victims were children under age 16, and 43 percent of those were under 12.
  • ATVs have grown steadily in popularity every year since 1993 with more than 10 million 4-wheel ATVs in use in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  • In 2011, more than 107,000 injuries involving ATVs were reported.
  • 52 percent of 2011’s reported injury victims were children under 12.

With so many deaths and injuries involving ATVs in California, it’s not surprising that the vehicles have been the subject of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. The legal team at Torklaw can help if you have a claim related to an ATV accident.

ATV safety tips

We offer these tips from the ATV Safety Institute for safer ATV operation:

  • ATVs aren’t toys. Supervise children under 16 who use the vehicles.
  • Wear protective gear such as a helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, long sleeves and long pants.
  • Don’t crowd extra passengers on ATVs. Keep passengers off of 1-rider vehicles altogether, and only allow one passenger on a 2-rider vehicle.