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Teen suffers head injuries in ATV crash

Recreational vehicles enjoy a lot of popularity in West Virginia, but riders need to remember to make safe operation a priority. A man in a nearby state will likely receive jail time for causing a recreational vehicle accident that injured a 17-year old boy. The boy, who was the man's friend, was left with critical head injuries in the accident.

According to news reports, the 19-year old man will plead no contest to a vehicular assault charge in the case. He will likely face 9 months in jail and 2 years probation. The 19-year-old's blood alcohol content level was 0.117 when he drove the ATV off a gravel road and into a ditch, causing it to roll over and throw off both riders. The injured boy is still recovering at a rehabilitation center.

All terrain vehicles are commonly used throughout the country. ATVs are used for work and play and are often operated by teenagers. The most serious injuries that arise from non-fatal recreational vehicle accidents can be head injuries and back or spinal cord injuries. Because head, brain, back and spinal cord injuries usually require ongoing and extensive rehabilitation and care, the extent of treatment can be costly.

One study concluded that the cost of care for someone injured in a non-fatal recreational ATV accident can be in the millions of dollars if the injured party is permanently disabled. In addition to physical injuries, a disabling accident can also result in emotional and psychological injuries.

Those who suffer head, brain, back or spinal cord injuries from an ATV accident may require a lifetime of expensive care. When an accident results from another person's reckless or negligent conduct, damages may be available to the injured victim through a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney can help West Virginia recreational vehicle accident victims determine their entitlement to compensation under the law.

Source:, "Ohio man likely to face jail in ATV crash," Phillip Williams, February 8, 2013.

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