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Do you know Pennsylvania's snowmobiling laws?

If you are interested in using a snowmobile in Pennsylvania this summer, there are some rules and regulations that you need to know before you begin! 

Local ATV Accident Sends Two To Hospital

According to local news reports, our area saw two people who were injured after an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) crash last week.  Two adults were riding an ATV on a street in Houtzdale when they didn't stop at a blinking red light.  They were subsequently hit by a pickup trip, and were flown to our hometown hospital, UPMC Altoona, for care.  The driver of the ATV is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while driving.  Both the STV driver and his passenger are said to have serious injuries. 

Brush Up On Your ATV Safety For Fall!

Planning on riding on an all-terrain vehicle this fall? Are you sure that you're current on all the best practices for safety standards?  If you're unsure, it may be time to brush up on your facts! The website ATVSafety.org offers a variety of extremely helpful resources for you, your family, and friends.  They even have an online course so you can make sure you're fit and educated before you hit the road! You need to make sure you're safe and prepared before riding to avoid injuring yourself or others.   It should be noted that, within the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, all-terrain vehicles need to be registered with the Department of Transportation.  A license is not required for drivers of these vehicles. There are no clear laws pertaining to the registration of dirt bikes. 

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. 

ATV Crash Near Pittsburgh, One Teen Dead

Unfortunately, reports of another ATV-related accident have surfaced in Petrolia, PA.  According to a Lancaster-area news source, a teenager was recently driving an ATV that caused a crash, and another teenage passenger who was on board during the ride died.  The driver could now potentially face charges, along with another participant who moved the all-terrain vehicle from the site of the crash.  The accident occurred in a rural area about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA.  
Police who have been investigating the accident believed that alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, since the driver abandoned the scene.  Additionally, the ATV was totaled, and a friend who was following the driver and his friend in a truck helped the driver remove the ATV from the scene.  At this time, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim and everyone else who was involved in the accident.  
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.

Farm Bureaus Highlight Importance of ATV Safety

Many Farm Bureaus across the states are working hard this year to implement their Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As a component of this initiative, last week was designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week, and had a theme relating to riding safely while using farm machinery.  One of the big pushes of the safety week was to raise awareness about all-terrain vehicle safety, especially the use of helmets.  

Winter Tourism is Hitting PA!

Winter tourism is hitting Pennsylvania! Reports show that the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is receiving a great deal of interest from visitors who are hoping to explore our state's natural beauty through skiing and snowmobiling.  A representative from the bureau notes that many of the people who have been calling in are not from the area, which is great for our state's tourism trade.  The agency is also urging visitors to the state to try to hike the North Country National Scenic Trail, or take an ATV-guided ride at Majestic Kamp.  Our Allegheny National Forest has over 300 miles of snowmobile trails that are regularly groomed and are designed in intersected loops, along with another 50+ miles that are ungroomed, but can be used by snowmobile and ATV riders.   

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

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!

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