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AAOS Talks History and Incidences of ATV Use

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) ran a very interesting article about the nature of four-wheeler use and how injuries often occur as a result.  According to their article, ATVs were largely first introduced into the United States in the 1970s.  Since that time, both their use and subsequent injuries have risen substantially.  Using data from 2007, AAOS determined that about 150,000 people were injured using ATVs in a year.  From the time period of the early 1980s to 2009, over 10,000 people died in ATV-related accidents. 

 

What some people may not realize is that current models of ATVs can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour.  However, when they were first invented, they were supposed to be used for farm use and had only three wheels.  People have been concerned about the safety of these vehicles since the 1980s, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission actually banned them for use for 10 years in 1988.  Directly after, more intensive safety and education programs were available for those who chose to ride ATVs.  Unfortunately, since the expiration of the ban and the development of mechanical technology, ATVs have become large and more powerful, but not any safer.

 

Let's take a look at who is the most at risk for ATV injuries and death.  According to AAOS's article, there appears to be several risk factors and statistics for ATV users. 

  • Most ATV injuries occur in young, adult, white males
  • Most ATV accidents occur in rural areas
  • Injuries often occur to the driver, rather than to the passengers
  • Although only 15% of ATV riders are youths, they are 27% of the injuries and 28% of the fatalities
  • Other riders (such as those about 50 years old) are also at a higher risk for injury
  • All of the states have ATV legislation, but vary in both severity and amount of details
  • Unfortunately, most legislation has not done much to prevent continued injury and death among ATV users

Want to learn more or discuss your potential ATV-related legal case? Please contact Attorney Stoehr at his Altoona-area practice at 814-946-4100.

CPSC Infographics Illustrate ATV Injuries and Deaths

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a great website with very illustrative and engaging infographics relating to statistics surrounding ATV accidents year to year.  Unsuprising to many who read our blog, Pennsylvania stands out among the top 10 states for ATV deaths.  In the last 30 years, at least 494 people have died in ATV accidents in Pennsylvania.  Countless more have been seriously injured while riding these vehicles.  To learn more and to look at the US CPSC's informative charts, please click here

Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.  Improper ATV use is leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Area ATV Case Results in Charges Against Death Of Four-Year-Old Victim

An area ATV accident has recently made the news.  According to a report by WPXI.com, a Somerset-area family was involved in an ATV accident which killed a four-year-old girl. An infant, toddler, and nine-year-old child were also involed in the accident. No one involved the crash was reported wearing a safety belt or helmet.  For more on the article and corresponding legal case, please click here

ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles (such as snowmobiles) are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his Blair county area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

NBC News Video Clip on ATV Accidents

Want to learn more about the prevalence of all-terrain vehicle accidents across the country? Check out this NBC Nightly News clip from July 2012.  At that time, over 700 people died from ATV accidents in a year, and about 136,000 visited the hospital for ATV-related injuries.  Check out the news clip by clicking here!

ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles (such as snowmobiles) are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.  Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his Blair county area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Mayo Clinic Weighs In On ATV Use

Do you think that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are safe for kids to operate and ride on? Many people think that it might be worth a second look to examine how Americans allow their children to use these vehicles.  The Mayo Clinic is now weighing in on ATV use, and you can view the article by clicking here!

ATV use can be extremely dangerous in certain situations.  Children appear to be the most susceptible, and account for a large portion of ATV injuries and deaths.  Children under the age of 12 may be especially at risk for harm. Please exercise caution when riding your ATV, wear a helmet, and remain at a safe speed.  Also, do not ride your ATV when the weather or trail conditions suggest a heightened risk for injury.

ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

Your Cognition Suffers When You Have Chronic Pain

As stated in a recent Huffington Post article, patients who suffer from chronic pain also often have experiences with other cognitively-based problems like memory and attention difficulties.  According to the article, which can be found by clicking this link, "A study conducted by Nadine Attal and her team suggests that those who have problems with their brain's ability in attention, memory or other executive functions may have more issues with chronic pain after surgeries."  The results of this study are interesting because they suggest that, not only does your brain respond differently as a result of dealing with chronic pain, but you may respond differently to dealing with chronic pain as a result of your brain's cognitive makeup. 

It is very important to monitor your pain and consult with a knowledgeable physician if you suspect that you may have a case of chronic pain.  Many chronic pain sufferers initially develop pain after the occurrence of a serious accident or injury.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA and serves the central and western Pennsylvania area. He takes cases for chronic pain patients who are suffering from their condition due to the fault of another. For more information on him and his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

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