With summertime fast approaching it is time to get all those summertime toys up and ready for fun. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), jet skis and other motorized summer toys can provide a great way to explore beautiful locations, more remote spots, and make the most of the nice weather that comes with many summertime days.
With proper precaution, these motorized vehicles enhance fun. But they can lead to serious injuries, especially for the inexperienced. According to Offroad Ed, a group that works in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to increase the safety and enjoyment of outdoor activities, an inexperienced ATV driver is 13 times more likely to have an accident compared to an experienced driver during the first month of driving an ATV.
What are common causes of these accidents?
When it comes to ATVs, examples can include:
- Operating on pavement. ATVs do not handle well on these surfaces and can be difficult to control.
- Stunts. Although likely common sense, it is worth repeating. Those who attempt dangerous maneuvers are more likely to crash than those who use the ATV as designed.
- Unfamiliar terrain. You are much more likely to get into a crash operating on terrain you have not experienced before compared to a track you know. As such, it important to take extra caution. You never know what could be behind the next curve.
Those who use ATVs can reduce the risk of these accidents by taking an ATV safety course, wearing helmets, and making sure the weather is favorable before heading out. It is also helpful to look over the vehicle before going out to make sure everything is in good working order.
As for jet skis, inexperience, inattention, excessive speed, and a failure to follow navigation rules are top contributors to serious accidents. Common injuries can include broken bones and concussions.
What if I am injured in an ATV, jet ski or other motorized vehicle accident?
Much like an earlier post on boating accidents, those who are injured in an accident involving a motorized vehicle that was the result of another person’s reckless behavior may be able to hold that person accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. Examples of reckless behavior can include a failure to follow applicable rules or drinking too much and driving the motorized vehicle while intoxicated.