LAS VEGAS, Nevada. ATVs are rugged recreational vehicles and they are becoming increasingly popular. Yet these vehicles can be incredibly dangerous. Jamie Lynn Spears’s daughter was recently seriously injured when her daughter drove her ATV into a pond. According to People, the family was unable to rescue her from the water immediately. She was reportedly submerged in the water for about two minutes before rescuers could free her. This is a tragic incident. Sadly, it is more common due to the popularity of ATVs and due to the increased number of children who are using these vehicles.
The accident has some wondering about the safety of ATVs and whether they pose a personal injury risk to individuals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jamie Lynn Spears’s daughter is not the only celebrity who has been injured on an ATV. Ozzie Osbourne was put in a coma for a week after a recent ATV accident. The chair of the Consumer Products Safety Commission called ATVs among the most dangerous products it overlooks.
While many adults are injured in ATV accidents, children, in particular, are at risk. Every state’s laws regarding youth ATV use vary. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the state of Nevada doesn’t explicitly place age restrictions on ATV usage. This means that ATVs can be used by minors in off-road areas where these vehicles are permitted. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents against letting children operate or even ride on ATVs until they are 16 years of age. Despite this, many parents permit their children to drive these vehicles, putting both their children and others around them in possible danger.
According to Public Health Reports, between the years of 2000 and 2005, 5,204 people died while using ATVs. These numbers don’t account for the individuals who were personally injured while using ATVs. Because ATVs sometimes don’t have the protective chassis that cars provide, when accidents occur, individuals can suffer more serious injuries.
The reality is that any vehicle poses serious hazards both to users and to individuals around them. Riders and parents have a responsibility to engage in safe practices. While ATV use is restricted in Nevada, riders who break the law and operate in areas where they are not permitted to do so can pose a serious risk to pedestrians, bikers, and other users of roadways and trails.
If you or a loved one was injured in an ATV accident due to another person’s negligence or neglect, you may have important rights under the law. A personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada, like the Truman Law Firm, P.C. can take a close look at your case and help you understand your rights. You may be entitled to receive compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering if you have been hurt in an accident. Contact the Truman Law Firm, P.C. in Las Vegas, Nevada to learn more.