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ATVs....Too Dangerous? 8 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 0  
Many East Tennesseans enjoy mountain sports, and some of them enjoy trailing on an ATV, or just having one to enjoy around large tracts of lands or on farms can be fun. But recent deaths involving ATV accidents have people asking the question whether or not they are too dangerous.

What’s the picture in your mind when you think of riding an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle)? Sunny afternoon, summer, laughing, kids riding ATVs with friends or just in the backyard. How about riding through an ATV park on trails and hillsides? Great times, fun, excitement!

What you probably didn’t picture, though, is the other side of it - the accidents, the injuries….. the deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a safety alert for All-Terrain Vehicles because too many riders have died or experienced life-altering injuries from accidents involving ATVs. In recent years, the number of ATV injuries is reportedly in the hundreds of thousands - and about one-third of all deaths and injuries involve victims under the age of 16. (See: ATVSafety.gov)

While riders can certainly take care in observing safety precautions (like wearing a proper helmet, taking an ATV safety training course, avoiding riding with passengers, etc., some ATVs may have simply been poorly manufactured. Some have been recalled for various reasons.

To help prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths, ATVSafety.gov reports that 44 states have already passed ATV safety laws of one form or another, with each statute tailored to meet the needs of its particular region and constituency. Unfortunately, Tennessee has had to endure recent deaths. And some rural areas are even having trouble keeping ATVs off of roads.

If you’ve been involved in an ATV accident or injury situation, contact an attorney who will represent your interests.

By all means, have fun, but be safe. And if you get into trouble or get injured, contact an attorney to learn more about how to protect your legal rights. The Law Office of Andrew Farmer is here to help. Call our office for a free consultation at (865) 428-6737. We serve clients in Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, and Sevier counties just to name a few. We look forward to serving you.
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Last Edit: 2009/07/28 14:17 By M. Todd Patterson.
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