From 2007 to 2009, there were 35 ATV-related fatalities in Oklahoma, says ATV Ride Safe Oklahoma.
Oklahoma has one of the nation's highest rates of injury for children 16 and under. In fact, nearly 90 percent of ATV accidents in Oklahoma occur with drivers under the age of 16 driving an adult-sized ATV.
Wesley Troxtell of Durant says he is fortunate to have lived through his collision. He and his father had journeyed to Texas to ride their ATV. After stopping at an intersection, the 17-year-old popped a wheelie and was hit by another vehicle.
Wesley suffered a fractured arm and traumatic brain injury. After an extended rehabilitation, he’s sharing his story with others about the dangers of ATVs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends delaying ATV use until age 16, and that everyone take a safety course provided by state 4-H groups.
Adults must always supervise ATV use as well. If proper safety and supervision is not provided, the ATV owner could be liable for an accident harming another.
The lawyers at Parrish Law Firm want you and your family to be safe. All-Terrain Vehicles can be a lot of fun – if you operate them responsibly.
If you or a loved one is ever in need of legal advice following an injury involving an ATV or motor vehicle, please contact us for a free consultation at (405) 232-1985 or visit our website for more information at http://www.parrishlawokc.com.
At the Parrish Law Firm, we are experts in handling personal injury cases. Remember, if you or someone you know has been hurt and you believe another is at fault, an experienced attorney can assist you in getting fair compensation.