Lake Charles, LA- ATVs are a lot of fun to ride, but they can also be dangerous. Since they are considered recreational vehicles, riders don’t take the precautions they should. Sadly, many ATV accidents involve teens and children.
ATV accident in Jackson Parish
The accident occurred Friday, February 3rd, in Kentwood, Louisiana. The accident left Jamie Lynn Spears’ 8-year-old daughter, Maddie Aldridge in critical condition.
The Daily Advertiser reports that Maddie was riding was on a hunting expedition when the ATV she was riding flipped over in a pond. She was reportedly submerged underwater for at least two minutes before she was rushed to the hospital.
Reports say Maddie was wearing a safety belt when she overturned.
After the crash, Britney Spears got on Twitter and asked for prayers for her niece.
As of Monday, February 6th, Maddie was off the respirator and was conscious, according to the Daily Advertiser.
Prevalence of ATV accidents
ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are not automobiles, so there no age restrictions on riders. That is why teens and children are often injured or killed in ATV accidents. Data from Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that children under the age of 16 accounted for 23 percent of ATV accident fatalities.
Sadly, fatalities involving ATVs and other off-road vehicles are on the rise, increasing 10 percent over the past few years, according to the CPSC. In Louisiana, between 2013 and 2015, 34 people were killed in ATV accidents.
You can keep you and your loved ones safe by following a few safety tips:
Never allow a person under the age of 16 to ride an adult-sized ATV or ORVs (off-road vehicle).
Do not ride an ATV or ORV on a highway or street. Most ORV crashes occur on highways.
Always wear a helmet to prevent traumatic brain injuries.
Don’t have more riders than a vehicle can accommodate.
Never drink or do drugs before riding an ATV.
Take an ATV safety course.
Speak to an attorney
Even though an ATV is not a conventional automobile and subject to same traffic rules, victims of ATV accidents may have the grounds for a personal injury suit if negligence was to blame. If you or a loved one were injured in an ATV accident
If you want to file a personal injury case, you must file your claim within one year from the date you were injured. There are other deadlines and requirements you must meet if you want to file an accident claim. USAttorneys recommends you speak with an attorney, so you have a successful injury case. We can connect you with an accomplished and skilled accident lawyer in Louisiana.