North Carolina ATV accidents a summer danger

A Winston-Salem, North Carolina ATV accident has claimed the lives of two riders, the Journal reported. The two men, ages 19 and 20, were killed last week when their vehicles collided head-on while driving on a private farm path near I-77 just north of Mount Airy.

All-Terrain Vehicles cause an alarming number of serious and fatal injuries. More than 60 riders have been killed in North Carolina ATV accidents during the past several years, ranking North Carolina 10th in the nation for fatal ATV accidents, according to the government’s website, ATV Safety. Thirty-three riders were killed in South Carolina ATV accidents during the same time period.
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A North Carolina injury lawyer should be contacted whenever a rider is seriously injured or killed in an ATV accident. Head injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones frequently result from ATV crashes.

ATV crashes may include a premise liability claim, a personal injury claim against an at-fault party or even a claim for damages from a manufacturer or distributor of an ATV. A federal law went into effect last year that now requires ATV distributors to provide safety training to new riders and their families.

The vast majority of Carolina ATV accidents occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that ATV accidents involving young riders jump 30 percent heading into summer, while adult deaths increase by 88 percent.

“If springtime deaths and injuries are an indication of what’s to come, we urge all ATV riders, young and old, to take all necessary safety precautions,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Far too many people are losing their lives and sustaining life-threatening injuries, which in many cases are preventable. CPSC is working diligently to ensure that the ATVs on the market meet mandatory standards and to promote safe riding practices.”

Safety Tips for ATV riders include:

-Get proper training.

-Always wear protective gear.

-Don’t ride with a passenger.

-Don’t ride on paved roads.

-Don’t allow children to ride adult equipment.

-Don’t ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Carolina personal injury attorneys and wrongful death lawyers at Lee & Smith represent clients injured in accidents throughout North Carolina, including Winston-Salem, North Wilkesboro, Salisbury and Asheboro. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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