All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), also known as quads and four-wheelers, are popular vehicles that are used for both recreational and work-related uses. ATVs are designed to be used in the natural environment on unpaved roads. They can weigh as much as a quarter of a ton, and can reach speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.
ATVs and Spinal Cord Injuries
As ATVs become more popular and their use increases, so does the spinal cord injury rate associated with them. Approximately 75 percent of ATV accidents result in debilitating head or spinal cord injuries. The majority of these injuries can be attributed to ATV rollovers. Most spinal cord injuries that result from ATV accidents can be attributed to:
• Unstable design
• A center of gravity that is too high
• Negligent driving
• ATVs that are heavier, stronger, and faster than their predecessors
There are a number of laws that are designed to protect the rights of individuals. Most states have laws requiring ATV accidents to be properly reported, and in many cases those responsible for the accident are liable.