Over the Memorial Day weekend, a high school teacher was involved in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash that led to her death in western New York State. The teacher crashed her ATV on a rural road in Yorkshire. She was only 33 years old. ATV crashes, many of which result in serious injuries, occur regularly throughout the state and country.
The ATV Safety Institute has posted the following Golden Rules for riding your ATV. When followed, they can help prevent an accident.
- Wear your helmet. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a list of approved helmets chosen for their security. Be sure your helmet is DOT-approved. Also, wear protective gear, such as boots that cover your ankles, protective eyewear and long sleeves and pants.
- Do not ride your ATV on a paved road unless you must cross a road. The vehicles are meant for off-road riding. When you ride an ATV, your body is exposed and vulnerable to other vehicles should you be involved in an accident.
- Do not ride your ATV when if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Riding this way is dangerous as your ability to control your vehicle is impaired.
- Do not transport a passenger if your ATV is made for one person. If your ATV is designed for two people, do not transport more than two people. If you do, you or your passenger might fall off!
- Be sure to supervise young riders.
- Ride your vehicle on properly designated and maintained trails at an appropriate speed. Although it may be thrilling to ride at a high speed, an accident that occurs at a high speed can prove extra dangerous.
- Make sure you are educated on ATV safety. The ATV Safety Institute provides a free online course as well as in-person demonstrations. See www.ATVsafety.org for more information.
Riding an ATV presents a risk. If you were in an accident you may have suffered from:
- Skin lacerations
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If you or a loved one were injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident, then be sure to contact a qualified personal injury attorney. A lawyer can represent you in many types of accident cases to obtain compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Burial expenses
- Medical expenses
If you were injured in an ATV accident, then contact the law offices of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. at 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person initial consultation. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky’s 34+ years of experience. Mr. Lutzky has helped recover millions of dollars for past clients.