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With summertime here and the kids out of school, Alabama residents will be spending more time the outdoors. Camping, fishing, boating, off-roading, and exploring local parks are all wonderful activities to enjoy as a family. Often these may also involve riding recreational vehicles such as ATVs and four-wheelers. While these all terrain vehicles can be a lot of fun, they can also be extremely dangerous if proper safety measures are not followed. Unfortunately, many ATV accidents result in tragic consequences that could have been prevented. Younger or inexperienced riders and drivers also tend to be at a high risk for accidents and injuries. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that in 2015, ATV accidents caused an estimated 97,200 injuries and of these, 28% involved children under the age of 16. The CPSC also reports that on average 564 adults and 123 children under age 16 are killed each year in all terrain vehicle related crashes.
If you or your child were hurt in an accident in Alabama involving a four wheeler or other type of ATV, a Mobile personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for your injuries. To help keep Alabama residents and families safe this summer, the team at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys offers a few safety tips for all-terrain vehicle use.
Unfortunately, adults and kids alike don’t always perceive the serious potential hazards associated with ATVs. These types of vehicles may seem relatively safe when you compare them to driving a car because they are smaller and not intended to be driven on paved streets where full sized cars and trucks are sharing the roadway. Many people don’t realize that adult ATVs weigh up to 600 pounds and can reach speeds up to 65 mph or more. So it’s important to recognize that driving all terrain vehicles is a serious responsibility – they can be very dangerous and cause deadly accidents. Below are a few important ATV safety steps to follow from a Mobile personal injury lawyer with our law firm.
Summer vacation should be a fun filled time for you and your family. Unfortunately, unexpected accidents happen and they can result in severe injuries and expenses. If you or your loved one was hurt while riding as a passenger on an all terrain vehicle because of someone else’s negligence, call Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys to help. Our personal injury lawyers have represented victims of all types of ATV accidents in Mobile, Alabama. We’re available 24/7 to take your call at 251-888-8888 and our initial case consultation is free.
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