West Virginia readers likely understand that driving or riding an all terrain vehicle poses a certain risk for an ATV accident. There is ample proof that they are more dangerous than many other types of vehicles. However, the commonality of ATV accidents has not deterred some groups from pushing for the ability to drive these types of vehicles on the roads and Interstates.
Many local communities across the country have approved the use of ATVs on roads despite the danger that it could pose to all drivers and passengers. Supporters claim that it could actually improve tourist visitation to a particular area and possibly bring in more tax dollars. Opponents claim that they are not road-approved vehicles and should only be used on roads by those who may need them for work, such as farmers.
Many people who are involved in ATV accidents suffer from head injuries and other serious consequences. Because of the way that these vehicles are designed, they are more prone to tip or flip over. As riders simply sit on top on an ATV, their bodies bear more of the brunt of the impact from an accident. ATVs are supposed to come with warning labels explaining these risks to potential consumers.
It could be argued that simple improvements to the design of these vehicles may decrease the risk of ATV accidents. If any West Virginia victim or family member of a person who died while on an all terrain vehicle feels that they were exposed to an unnecessary risk, they may have grounds for legal action. Victims are entitled to fully explore the option for seeking a financial award for damages sustained due to the negligence of another party.
Source: sunherald.com, Despite deaths, efforts to open roads to ATVs making headway, Bridget Huber, March 22, 2014