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.
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!
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. Many families across the country are becoming concerned about the safety and use of ATVs. Some families have created an informative website called Concerned Families for ATV Safety, which can be viewed by clicking this link.
Another teenage boy in Thompson Township, PA was recently injured in an ATV accident, as reported by the Herald-Mail Media. The report notes that the boy was driving an ATV from a field onto a road in the early evening, when he was struck by an oncoming car. The teenager was flown to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.
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.
In an effort to address all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, injury, and death, our law firm gathered information from a February 2013 report compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This report provided a picture of the frequency and severity of accidents surrounding American ATV users in the past twenty or so years.