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Are ATVs as dangerous as motorcycles?

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are used all over the nation for both work and play, so it is no wonder that they are responsible for a great number of injuries each year. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has estimated that more than 150,000 individuals were seen in emergency rooms in 2007 for injuries suffered while riding ATVs. While this number may not be as significant as the number of injuries suffered by motorcyclists each year, it is still a significant enough number that it should draw attention and awareness to the dangers of ATVs.

Rollover accidents are among the most common type of ATV accident. Flipping an ATV can send the driver and its passenger into the air or other object. Occasionally, drivers will get pinned underneath a heavy ATV and may suffer a crushing injury. Although it is a common belief that ATVs are meant to carry a driver and passenger, most of them are not. Since ATVs lack the stability of other vehicles, adding a passenger or driving on unpaved roads increases the risk of accident and serious injury.

Similar to motorcycle accidents, individuals injured in serious ATV accidents have been known to suffer traumatic brain injuries and catastrophic back, neck and spinal cord damage. The short, stout body type of an ATV makes it ideal for rollover accidents.

Although ATV accidents and injuries likely do not outnumber that of motorcycles, any number of motorcycle or ATV accidents is too many. If you or a family member has suffered a loss or injury, whether on a motorcycle or ATV, you may benefit by speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your claim, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.

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