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Amazing Snowmobile Rescue Story Makes National News

How amazing and resourceful kids can be!! Our firm just read the most exciting article about a son who rescued his father from a potentially deadly snowmobile accident.  While out riding in the Lake Tahoe backcountry, a father was in a serious snowmobile accident while out with his young son.  In an effort to save his father, the boy got on his snowmobile and navigated his way out of the park to find help.  To read more about this amazing true story from Reader's Digest, please click here.

Ride Safely, PA!

As many area residents probably know, Pennsylvania has a large amount of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users.  Exploring the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania by ATV, motorbike, or snowmobile is a common activity among our area's families.  However, the converse side to this activity is the potential for serious injury or death.  According to a recent report, Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states for the highest numbers of ATV-related deaths.

Family Settles in ATV Accident For Over $4M

Recently, a family won over $4M in a lawsuit involving an ATV accident that resulted in the leg amputation of a young boy.  According to the story, which was published online by SalemNews.net, a friend of the family took the boy on an ATV ride on a Yamaha Rhino when the vehicle flipped on its side and the boy's leg was trapped underneath.  This particular ATV did not have doors, so the boy's legs were not protected by any doors or windows on the vehicle.  As a result, the boy's leg was crushed and had to be amputated.  The boy's family sued the driver of the vehicle and was awarded over $4M in damages.  The family also sued Yamaha Motor Corporation USA and settled for an undisclosed amount.  
Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.   Most fatal all-terrain vehicle accidents occur when excessive speed and/or alcohol consumption play a role.  Night driving is also a particular hazard, and some reports estimate that most fatal accidents occur between the hours of 8PM and 3AM.  When children are involved in fatal accidents, the majority of deaths tend to result head and spine injuries from impact against an object, such as a tree or wall.  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. 

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. 

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

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!

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!

4 Year Old Boy Dies In ATV Accident

According to a local news report, a four-year-old Butler County boy recently died as a result of an ATV accident.  As many area residents probably know, Pennsylvania has a large amount of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users.  Exploring the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania by ATV, motorbike, or snowmobile is a common activity among our area's families.  However, the converse side to this activity is the potential for serious injury or death.  According to a recent report, Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states for the highest numbers of ATV-related deaths.

ATV Hits Rock, Kills 1 and Injures 3

ABC News 27 recently reported on a fatal ATV crash that occurred over Labor Day weekend.  According to their online news report, four people were riding on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in northeast Pennsylvania when the vehicle hit a rock and rolled over.  One of the passengers died, and the other three were injured.  Unfortunately, this type of accident is not unusual for the area.  Pennsylvania is among the top states for ATV injuries and fatalities.  Those statistics are also consistently high when the demographics are broken down by children and young adult accidents. 

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