Dirt Bike Fatalities – What Can You Do If You Suffered a Loss?
For many people, owning and riding a dirt bike is a rite of passage, and a hobby that family members share. Riders use these lightweight motorcycles to travel trails and dirt roads together, and many have expanded their use into motocross competitions. Although enthusiasts claim that the sport is safe, the statistics show that the activity can be quite dangerous. Even with the use of protective clothing, dirt bike fatalities and injuries occur, usually to kids and teens. Hundreds die each year and thousands are injured in dirt bike accidents. If you were injured while riding a dirt bike, or someone you love was killed, you may feel helpless in the face of your loss and your medical expenses. Depending upon the exact circumstances of your accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation for these costs, as well as for pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact the dirt bike accident lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law and tell us about your accident. We will review your case and tell you what your rights are.
Dirt bikes are essentially motorcycles that have been built to be lighter. They have large tires and high clearances to allow them to maneuver easily and to do jumps and tricks. Many dirt bike riders learn to ride at an extremely age, and the sport is very popular for children and teenagers who may not be completely able to control their bikes. Because of this, riders are supposed to wear protective gear, including elbow, knee and wrist pads, helmets, goggles, chest protectors, and protective gloves. Despite this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that off-road vehicle riders 19 and younger are at particular risk, with thousands being treated in America’s hospital emergency rooms every year for nonfatal injuries, and dozens in the same age group dying each year. The statistics show that the vast majority of injuries occur to those 16 and younger, and this is often attributed to the recklessness that comes with the riders’ ages, as well as from dirt bike culture itself, which encourages stunts and aggressive driving.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the dangers of the sport, including the fact that coaches may encourage riders to drink energy drinks that contain caffeine that makes riders too excitable, lack of proper maintenance and safety checks on the bikes themselves, and the distance that many of the tracks are located from medical care, which can make it more difficult for emergency services to be rendered effectively and expediently. All of these factors can cause injuries or lead to them being made worse, and the injuries that are most frequently suffered include fractures and head and neck injuries. If you or someone you love suffered a dirt bike accident and you believe that negligence may have been a contributing factor, contact us and tell us the specifics. We will carefully analyze your situation and let you know whether somebody else’s recklessness was to blame for the injuries you’ve suffered, and help you to receive the compensation that you deserve.
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