The popularity of ATVs, also known as all-terrain vehicles, has grown in Connecticut and the rest of the country. However, the number of ATV crashes continues to increase as well. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that 800 fatalities and 135,000 injuries are caused by ATV accidents every year. Children account for approximately 33 percent of all ATV-related deaths and emergency room-treated injuries.
ATV accidents can leave individuals with serious and life-threatening injuries. If you or a family member was injured in an ATV accident, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact a Hartford ATV accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.
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Causes of ATV Crashes
There are a number of factors that can cause ATV collisions. Oftentimes, all-terrain accidents are caused on or more of the factors listed below:
- Inexperienced drivers
- A child operating an all-terrain vehicle that was built for adults
- Having multiple passengers on a vehicle the was designed for one rider
- Operating an ATV on paved roads or congested streets
- Driver that is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Defective design
- Malfunctioning parts
- Drivers or passengers that are not wearing the appropriate safety gear
- Inattentive operators
- Operators that fail to obey Connecticut laws
Common Injuries Caused by ATV Accidents
Connecticut ATV accidents can leave accident victims with serious and incapacitating injuries. Injuries that are often seen in all-terrain accidents include:
- Bone Fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
- Rib and torso injuries
- Head Injuries
- Brain injuries
According to the CPSC, there were 649 ATV-related deaths in 2009. If your loved one was fatally injured in an ATV collision, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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ATV Laws in Connecticut
In order to keep residents and visitors safe, Connecticut has specific laws regarding the use of all-terrain vehicles. Riders must comply with following state laws:
- All ATV’s must be registered except those used only on the owner’s private property. ATV owners must renew their registration every two years.
- All operators using their ATVs on public lands must possess a safety training certificate from the Environmental Protection Commissioner.
- ATV operators under the age of 18 must have completed a safety education course.
- Youth ATVs may not be operated after dark.
- Individuals under the age of 12 are prohibited from using ATVs on state-owned land.
- Minors between the ages of 12 and 15 may not operate an ATV unless they have a safety training certificate and are under the direct supervision of an adult over the age of 18 who has completed a safety training course.
- Youth ATVs cannot be operated after dark.
- Individuals are not allowed to drive an ATV on paved roads and highways, except a licensed operator may cross these roads at a 90 degree angle only.
If you were injured in an all-terrain accident due to the negligence of another, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.
The Power of Perkins & Your ATV Accident Lawsuit
Every year, thousands of people are severely injured in accidents involving ATVs. If you or a family member was involved in an all-terrain collision, you may be eligible to file a legal claim against the at-fault party. Contact a Hartford ATV accident lawyer to learn about the rights available to ATV accident victims.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to handle ATV accident cases. Our legal team is dedicated to helping injured individuals receive the justice that they deserve. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one to an accident involving an ATV, put the power of Perkins to work for you today.
Your legal consultation is 100% free, and we are available to assist residents in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and the surrounding communities with their legal claims.
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