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Recent ATV accidents in West Virginia prompt safety reminders

It is important to always adhere to safety rules while riding ATVs, however, options are available for those that are injured by another party.

In the wake of three recent West Virginia all-terrain vehicle accidents, the public is being reminded of the need for safety while riding ATVs. The accidents resulted in injuries and one fatality. ATV safety is important and tips include to maintain an appropriate speed based on the terrain, comfort level of the driver and the nature of the vehicle the driver is riding and to always wear safety gear when riding. Riders are reminded that anyone under 18 is required to wear a helmet in West Virginia when riding an ATV; head injuries can result if riders do not wear helmets and head injuries can be catastrophic.

ATV accidents are becoming increasingly common as ATVs find more uses and popularity. ATV injuries, unfortunately, are also becoming more common and can include catastrophic head, brain, spinal cord and back injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are the most common non-fatal injuries that result from a recreational vehicle accident. Traumatic brain injuries can require costly, extensive and on-going treatment and care.

Because of this, damages may be available to ATV crash victims who have been injured by a negligent party. A victim who has suffered an ATV-related injury may be able to receive compensation for present, and future, medical costs, including rehabilitation costs. The victim may also be able to recover compensation for lost earnings, additional expenses and pain and suffering damages.

It is important to observe safety tips and rules for riding ATVs, however, if an injury occurs, an ATV crash victim may find it necessary to seek damages from the responsible party. Because ATV injuries can be catastrophic, and treatment extensive, legal options for recovery may provide peace of mind to injured victims.

Source:, "ATV safety tips," Rebecca Turco, May 13, 2013

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