All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), sometimes called “quads,” are popular off-road vehicles in Alberta. These typically lend themselves to recreational use but can be used for work or transportation. Lawyers at James H Brown and Associates know that there are significant risks to people operating these vehicles. Our lawyers have taken on many ATV accident cases and know how we can all drive safer for our benefit and those around us. Keep reading to find out how to decrease your risk of an ATV accident and who to contact if you get into one.
In the four years between 2016 and 2020, 64 Albertans died riding ATVs. And while medical experts advise that children under 16 never ride an ATV, 7% of ATV-related fatalities had riders under 16 years old. There are many dangers to these off-road vehicles, but there are ways that you can decrease those odds.
Things to Avoid
There will always be risks when riding a motor vehicle without roll bars, safety cages or seatbelts. But many factors are leading causes of ATV accidents that can be controlled to a degree. Below we list four of the top factors contributing to ATV accidents from 2013 to 2019. Adhering to the law and being careful about the following four risks can lower your chances of being involved in an ATV accident.
Not Using A Helmet
One-third of people in ATV fatal accidents between 2013 and 2019 were not wearing helmets. Not wearing an approved ATV helmet while riding or driving an ATV is illegal in Alberta. Fatal injuries can still happen while wearing a helmet, but a helmet gives the wearer a better chance of avoiding fatal injuries to the head. Our award-winning personal injury lawyers at James H. Brown and Associates advise everyone to wear a helmet to provide your body with more protection.
When driving an ATV, accidents can result from bad weather, nighttime driving, and other visibility-obscuring causes. It’s safe to say that if you cannot see where you are going, do not proceed. If you are planning trips, be sure to look up the weather forecast as well as what the daylight hours will be. If you still find yourself caught in fog, rain and other unfortunate weather conditions, stop and take shelter until you can see again. It will pass, and it is better to be safe than sorry regarding people’s lives.
Driving Under the Influence
Over 75% of fatalities from 2013 to 2019 involved a risk factor such as cannabis, alcohol, or other drugs. Driving under any drug or alcohol-related influence is against the law, and the ATV can be seized by law enforcement. Never drive an ATV while under the influence. Call a friend to get you, or wait until you have sobered up to get behind the wheel.
Difficult or Unknown Terrain
Dangerous or unknown terrain was the cause of at least 33% of fatalities involving an ATV between 2013 and 2019. Steep slopes, curves, slippery roads, or even loose gravel can be dangerous enough to cause an ATV accident. Never try to navigate dangerous territory, and never try to navigate rugged terrain on your own. Always keep an emergency first aid kit and a satellite phone with you.
Contact An Experienced Lawyer Today
James H. Brown and Associates is home to Alberta’s heavy-hitting injury lawyers. If you or a loved one have been involved in an ATV accident, our lawyers are here to help you fight for fair compensation. Contact our team of personal injury lawyers before you contact your insurance.