Charleston, WV- In the Mountain State an ATV is great way to get around for work or play, but these vehicles can be dangerous and are often deadly. So, deadly in fact that West Virginia ranks third nationwide in ATV deaths and thousands of residents are inured.
Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that between 1982 and 2008 there were 481 fatal ATV accidents in the state of West Virginia. Last year alone there were 19 fatal ATV accidents in the state and in only one of those accidents was the rider wearing a helmet, according WBOY-Channel 12.
ATV safety instructor Doug MacDonald told the TV station that wearing a helmet reduces a person’s risk of being killed in an ATV accident by 75 to 80 percent. Because many ATV riders choose to ride without helmets head, neck and spine injuries are common.
Sadly, children and teens are very likely to be injured or killed in ATV accidents. According to CPSC, children 16 and under accounted for 23 percent of ATV fatalities.
Take for example a recent accident in Point Pleasant. WOWK-TV reports that a 16-year-old man was killed Sunday, July 5th, when his ATV slammed into tree. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but this young man’s shows the risks of riding an ATV.
In addition to the over 3,000 ATV fatalities nationwide, over 99,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries. Some of those injuries were minor, but many ATV accident victims suffer major and debilitating injuries.
Although, an ATV is unlike and car or truck, victims of these accidents have the same legal rights as a motorists. If a party is responsible for their injuries, a victim may be able to pursue that party for compensation. For example, if an accident was the fault of a manufacturer because they used defective parts or the design of the ATV was flawed.
If you want an accomplished personal injury attorney in Charleston, West Virginia, working on your case, USAttorneys recommends James M. Barber. In his 25 years of practice, he has seen the dangers of ATV accidents first hand and understand that poor design or manufacturing defects can lead to a devastating accident.
One of his many successful cases include a multi-million dollar settlement for a 16-year-old man who was seriously injured in an ATV accident. He effectively argued that a design flaw made my client, who is now quadriplegic, unable to control the ATV he was riding, causing him to crash.
The Law Offices of James M. Barber, will strive to give each one of their clients outstanding service and will approach their case with compassion and determination. Mr. Barber has a comprehensive understanding of West Virginia’s personal injury laws and will use that understanding to ensure each of his client is generously compensated for their injuries, untimely loss and mental anguish. Call his Charleston office at 1-866-999-6376 or visit his website today and set up a time to talk about your accident. Mr. Barber will help you decide what to do next.

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