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Are ATV accidents more severe than car crashes?

At this time of year, many parents become worried about their teens because of the increased potential  for auto accidents. Prom season and the upcoming graduation seasons are prime time for accidents. However, we cannot forget that teens can be injured when operating other motor vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

According to a report, ATV accidents remain a serious public health concern in the U.S. In fact, younger operators (i.e. teens and children) sustain injuries more serious than adults riding similar vehicles. Additionally, these injuries tend to be more severe than those suffered in car accidents. 

Researchers relied on several factors in reaching their conclusions. They found that ATVs tended to be very powerful vehicles (often more powerful than a young driver could handle), and young drivers partook in risky driving practices. The most common accidents were rollovers, where the ATV would end up on top of the rider.

Further complicating things, ATV use is on the rise in the U.S., with larger, more powerful machines coming out every year. Not only do manufacturers owe riders a duty to clearly inform them of the potential dangers associated with riding an ATV, riders must use reasonable care when operating them. Failing to use such care could result in a rider being denied the right of compensation for their injuries.

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