ATV Accidents in Asheville Likely Without Proper Education, Just Ask Rapper DMX

Big-time rapper DMX, Earl Simmons, was recently hospitalized after an all terrain vehicle (ATV) accident in the Carolinas. He’s recovering, but says he remembers little about the accident. According to the Examiner, the rapper was riding on his ATV near his home when he flipped the ATV, rolled down a hill and landed on his back. He was rushed off to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Sources say that he’s fortunate that he didn’t land any other way otherwise it could have been much worse. Because of his concussion, DMX says he isn’t able to remember what happened in the accident. This is the second time he’s been in the hospital this year. He went in back in January as a result of food poisoning.
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“Flipped my f— four wheeler over,” he tweeted over the weekend.

Our Asheville ATV accident lawyers understand that there were more than 90 ATV accident fatalities reported from 2007 through 2010 in North Carolina. Because of the risks that are involved with these vehicles, state officials have enacted strict laws to help to keep riders safe. In the state of North Carolina, no one under the age of 8-years-old is permitted to operate an ATV. Children who are under the age of 12 are only allowed to operate an ATV under 70cc and kids under the age of 16 are only allowed to operate an ATV under 90cc.

ATV Operation Laws:

-Drivers under the age of 16 can operate an ATV only under the supervision of someone over the age of 18.

-Passengers are not allowed to ride on an ATV unless the vehicles has been designed specifically for passengers.

-All ATV operators are required to wear a helmet as well as eye protection.

-ATV use on public streets and highways is prohibited unless you’re attempting to cross to the other side.

-If you’re riding from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise then your ATV is required to have a lighted headlight and a taillight.

-If you were both after January 1st of 1990 then you’re required to have an ATV safety certificate.

-People who use an ATV for hunting, farming or trapping are exempt from the law’s provisions.

ATVs were first brought to market back in 1970 by the Honda Motor Company. They were brought to the U.S. for evaluation. Creators hoped that the vehicles would stir up a buying frenzy. Unfortunately, these vehicles may have been a little more dangerous than they were fun. Creators quickly learned how easily they were to flip over. ATVs have caused more than 10,000 fatalities since then and millions more injuries. About a quarter of these fatalities are of children who are under the age of 16.

While ATVs may be all fun and games for most, the truth of the matter is that they’re very dangerous. Parents are urged to make sure that their children aren’t riding an ATV that is too big for their child and to make sure they’re properly trained and educated in how to ride an ATV safely. Education and safe habits are your best bet against a potentially fatal accident. Consider enrolling in an ATV safety course to help make your riding experience a lot safer.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an ATV accident, contact the Carolina injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

DMX has concussion, hospitalized after ATV accident, by Bruce Baker, Examiner
More Blog Entries:

Riding on Public Roadways Presents a High Risk for North Carolina ATV Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 9, 2011

ATV accident in Carolina killed 16-year-old before new bill takes effect, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, May 30, 2011

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