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West Virginia ATV accidents numbers down but continue to occur


Injured ATV victims have resources available to them through the legal system to help them pursue a full recovery.

The CDC recently released encouraging news about ATV safety in West Virginia. In recent years, West Virginia has led the nation in ATV-related injuries and deaths, however, the state has made safety strides recently. The director of the Hatfield-McCoy trails credited increased education and helmet requirements for lowering the numbers. Most notably, injuries to children were down 25% percent per 100,000 children from 2004 to 2010. During a seven-year period from 1999 to 2006, 250 people died in ATV accidents in West Virginia. A man from the West Virginia University extension office, who created an ATV safety course, commented that he thinks West Virginia is now one of the safest places to ride ATVs.

While ATV-related accidents may be declining, the unfortunate fact remains in West Virginia, and throughout the country, that ATV accidents continue to occur, causing injury and death. Nationally, in 2010, there were 590 reported ATV-related deaths and an estimated 115,000 emergency room visits related to ATV accidents. In West Virginia, from 2008 to 2011, there were 144 reported ATV-related deaths. Because ATV accidents can cause serious injuries, including head, brain, spinal cord and back injuries, which can also lead to medical expenses, victims may find they have no other option but to seek compensation for their injuries.

If the victim was injured because of another person's carelessness, such as the carelessness of the driver of the ATV or the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash, the victim may be able to recover damages through a legal claim. In some circumstances, it may also be possible to bring a claim for damages against the manufacturer or seller of the ATV. The careful guidance of a trained legal professional can help a victim determine which course of action is best for the victim's particular circumstances.

Those injured in a recreational vehicle accident may quickly discover that recovery can be costly. Compensation for harm carelessly done to the victim may help with some of the costs the victim will face.

Source: coalvalleynews.com, "Rate of ATV accidents down among children, CDC says," Travis Crum, July 15, 2013

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