Two centuries ago, westward travelers passing through what was then part of West Virginia on their way to Ohio likely used wagons of some sort pulled by oxen or maybe horses. Everything these travelers owned was piled on board and could be easily accessed at days end or if weather suddenly called a halt to progress. Nowadays, the modern traveler through West Virginia has something similar in the recreational vehicle with the exotic name suggesting a vision quest or mountain breeze. Even better, the wanderer has on-board amenities that a long-ago ancestor could scarcely imagine. But, like the pioneer of old, one thing is still certain: a recreational vehicle accident could be waiting just around the bend.
All-terrain vehicles are popular in West Virginia, mainly for recreational purposes. Tourists flock to the state to operate an ATV while locals use these vehicles for daily transportation. With the increased use of ATVs, it is not surprising that these vehicles are often involved in crashes or collisions. It is important to understand that ATVs and other recreational vehicles are not entirely stable. Operating such vehicles require skill and proper training to ensure safety. It is also important to wear protective gear in order to avoid serious injuries and accidents.
In West Virginia, many people ride ATVs for recreational purposes due to the rural landscape. As a result of this popularity, many cases of ATV accidents have occurred in the state, particularly in Cabell, West Virginia. Some accidents are caused by another ATV rider or due to faulty parts installed in the ATVs which may increase the likelihood of the vehicle rolling over or resulting in difficulty for the rider to operate the vehicle with defective parts. When someone is injured in an ATV accident, such as a rollover, that person may be entitled to damages.
In West Virginia, some popular recreation spots are most easily accessed by recreational all-terrain vehicles. ATV enthusiasts enjoy the sense of freedom their vehicles bring them. Designed primarily for off-road use, however, ATVs do not travel well on paved surfaces such as streets and highways. Some models are especially prone to rolling over. West Virginia is one of several largely rural states with high rates of these ATV accidents, and the state leads the nation in the number of deaths per 10 million people with 105. However, the number of ATV accidents in urban areas is also of concern in larger cities across the nation, which have seen many fatal accidents during the summer months.
ATV accidents can be life-altering and injuries may be extensive which is why various resources exist to help families and victims of ATV accidents. Only about an hour east of the Cabell area, a man was recently flown to the hospital following an ATV accident. The rollover accident resulted in the man suffering a broken leg injury. He was flown by HealthNet to a hospital for treatment following the rollover ATV accident. Recreational vehicle accidents can commonly result in broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and back injuries.
A recent accident in West Virginia left three people injured, two of whom had to be air lifted to the hospital. The crash occurred when a pickup truck slammed into a UTV. Initial reports indicate the UTV either entered the roadway in front of the truck or crossed the center line and into the truck's lane, causing an accident when the truck could not avoid the collision. The driver and passenger of the UTV were flown to the hospital while the truck driver suffered minor injuries. Though initial reports seem to indicate the driver of the UTV was at fault in this case, the wreck remains under investigation.
ATV accidents can result in the loss of life, as well as in extensive injuries to surviving victims, for which legal recourse may be available.
While a nearby state led the nation in ATV-accident related fatalities from 2007 to 2011 with a total of 122, West Virginia was not far behind that number with 96 fatalities. This number places West Virginia third in the nation for ATV-related fatalities during that time period. The numbers were recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.