Altoona Lawyer for ATV Accidents
Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney
Pennsylvania has a large amount of outdoor space that can be used for a wide variety of activities. One of these enjoyable activities is all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, driving. Also called four-wheelers, these small vehicles can be used to explore Pennsylvania's abundance of forest and untouched wilderness. Unfortunately, riding on these vehicles can also lead to serious injury or death as the result of an accident. Most often, these accidents occur to children driving or riding on the vehicle. If you would like more information on ATV accidents, please speak to an experienced Pennsylvania ATV accident attorney today by contacting us at 814-946-4100.
ATV Basic Laws
In Pennsylvania, there are several rules and regulations that you must follow in order to drive an ATV. The following list includes some of these laws:
- All ATVs must be titled and registered, with the owner receiving one numbered plate.
- Registration is to be renewed once every two years.
- No one under age 8 shall operate an ATV on state-owned land.
- No one between 8 and 15 may operate an ATV unless on a parent's land or in possession of a safety training certificate.
- No one under 16 may cross a highway or operate an ATV on designated roads unless in possession of a safety certificate and with an adult 18 or older.
- ATV use on any street or highway is prohibited, except to cross and except for roads designated as ATV roads.
Accidents Involving ATVs
Accidents involving ATVs are sudden, scary, and may be life-threatening. According to ATVsafety.gov, here are some numbers and statistics involving ATV accidents:
In 2009, there were 376 reported deaths and 131,900 hospital-treated injuries involving ATV accidents.
- 25% of reported deaths from 2009 were children under the age of 16.
- There are over 10 million estimated ATV users in America
- Pennsylvania accounts for 10% of the country's deaths involving ATVs
- 44% of total deaths from 1982-2009 involving ATVs were children under the age of 12
Talk With an Attorney About Your ATV Accident
If you were in an accident involving an ATV that caused injury to you or a loved one, it could be time to take legal action. To schedule a free initial consultation with Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, contact our Central Pennsylvania law firm by calling 814-946-4100.