Many people in Mississippi enjoy outdoor sporting activities, such as camping, hunting and riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Because ATVs are not often ridden alongside automobiles on highly trafficked roads people may be under the impression that ATV riding is relatively safe. However, ATV riders are at risk of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.
How often do deadly ATV accidents occur?
Fatal ATV accidents are not unheard of. According to one report, fatal ATV accidents on public roads involving riders ages 40 and up rose from 9% in 1982 to 47% in 2019. Surprisingly, the proportion of fatal ATV accident involving riders ages 20 and younger went down from 54% in 1982 to 17% in 2019.
It is important to note that 73% of fatal ATV accidents in 2019 were single-vehicle accidents. In comparison, 44% of passenger vehicle accidents are single-vehicle accidents. Of these single vehicle ATV accidents, 66% were roll-over accidents comparable to SUVs and pickup trucks. May was the deadliest month for ATV crashes. In 2019, 58% of fatal ATV accidents took place from May through September.
Where do deadly ATV accidents occur?
Some places are more apt to see deadly ATV crashes than other. In 2019, 77% of fatal ATV accidents took place on rural roads and of those crashes, 90% took place on minor roads. However, that does not erase the fact that 33% of ATV crashes in 2019 took place on more travelled non-rural roads.
What can you do if you are involved in an ATV crash?
If you are involved in an ATV crash with another vehicle, due to poor road conditions or due to a defect in the ATV itself, you may be lucky to escape with your life. If so, you may still have significant injuries to recover from. When this happens, some people choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Doing so can be a way to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering incurred due to the crash.