According to Bridgeport CBS-affiliate WDTV, West Virginia has the most ATV accidents of any other state in the country. On April 27, 2010, the station featured a story about two West Virginia University graduate students who visited middle school students to teach them about ATV safety. They showed the students how to wear goggles and helmets, and how to pay attention to their surroundings as they drive.
As summer approaches in West Virginia and the weather gets warmer every day, it’s important to remember to practice ATV safety on recreational rides. Helmets are a must, especially for underage drivers, who make up 70% of ATV accidents.
It’s also important to know and obey the local laws regarding ATVs in West Virginia. For example, it’s illegal to ride with another person on your ATV. This dangerous activity is responsible for 10% of serious injuries sustained during ATV accidents. Additional passengers can create distractions and can also prohibit the driver from handling the ATV in a safe way. It’s also illegal to drive ATVs on highways and main roads unless you’re simply crossing over to another path.
Injuries from ATV accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to major catastrophic injures and even death. Victims of these accidents have been reported in Upshur County, Harrison County and all throughout the state, so no one is immune.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident in West Virginia, you need a reliable lawyer on your side. Particularly in the case of unsupervised minors, a personal injury lawyer can help you sort out fault and damages for injuries incurred.