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What are West Virginia's current statistics on ATV accidents?

As thrill seekers in West Virginia are probably aware, one of the most common recreational activities within the state is riding an all-terrain vehicle or ATV. Before you ride an ATV, you have to know the basic facts about ATVs, including the rules and regulations governing ATV use, ATV accident rates, and other important facts. By doing so, you will be able to decide if riding an ATV is worth a try.

West Virginia's state laws require ATV's with over 50 cc's (which measure an engine's power) to be titled. If you already have an ATV, you should know that you have to wear a helmet before you operate the vehicle. Helmets can reduce the risk of head or brain injury in collisions. Children ages 12 and below can only operate ATVs 70 cc's or lower. For teenagers aged between 12 and 16, they can ride ATVs 90 cc's or lower. Another important law to be aware of is that passengers are not allowed in ATVs. Only ATVs specially designed to accommodate passengers are allowed to be operated with passengers. You should also take note that operating an ATV on highways is strictly prohibited, except in Buchanan County.

From 1982 to 2011, there were 226 ATV-related deaths in West Virginia. The total number of reported ATV deaths from 1982 to 2007 was 175 while the total number of reported deaths from 2008 to 2011 is 51. Lastly, the total number of children aged 16 and below who died in ATV accidents from 1982 to 2007 was 39.

If you were injured or your loved one died in a recreation vehicle accident due to the recklessness or carelessness of another, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit can also be used to seek damages from the responsible parties.

Source:, "Virginia," accessed on Oct. 2, 2014

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