Outdoor sports and activities are quite popular in California. When summer arrives, many Californians like riding motorbikes and ATVs across the hills. For many individuals, there is no better way to appreciate the landscape and natural beauty of our state than by driving through it. However, in many cases, these excursions end up in a hospital emergency room—or worse.
Motorcycle and ATV Accidents: The Facts
Unfortunately, when compared to passenger vehicle occupants, the statistics reveal a sobering picture of how frequently motorcycle and ATV riders are critically wounded or killed.
Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die and four times more likely to be wounded in an accident than passengers in passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycle riders, particularly passengers riding in the rear, are at a far higher danger of being flung from the vehicle.
With or without a helmet, this can result in traumatic brain damage, as well as other catastrophic injuries or even death. Furthermore, at least two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver of a passenger car or truck, not the motorbike operator.
ATVs have comparable numbers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Over half a million emergency department visits for ATV-related injuries were estimated by the CPSC over a five-year period from 2015 to 2019. When a car or truck collided with an ATV, many people were injured.
Keeping Yourself Safe in Recreational Vehicles
Operating a motorbike or ATV is enjoyable, but riders must exercise utmost caution to prevent being a victim of another’s irresponsibility. You can make yourself safer by doing the following:
- Put on a helmet. Even while California law does not compel all operators to wear helmets, it is usually a good idea to do so. Helmets have been found to reduce the frequency of major traumatic brain injuries in motorcycle accidents by a significant margin.
- Make “defensive driving” a habit. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for other drivers, but it’s especially vital if you’re riding a motorbike or ATV. If another motorist encroaches on your space, don’t expect them to give the right-of-way or observe traffic regulations; be prepared to use evasive techniques.
- ATVs should not be driven on public roadways. ATVs are built for off-road use, and the majority of collisions with other vehicles happen when a rider tries to utilize a public road. Unless there is a clearly defined route for your ATV, stay off public highways. Please do not utilize these routes to get your ATV to the location where it will be used. Instead, use a truck or trailer to carry ATVs to trails and other locations.
Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 right once if you have been injured in a motorbike or ATV accident. We’re here to safeguard your rights and help you get paid for any motorcycle or ATV injuries, including medical costs, missed income, and pain and suffering. Call us right now to find out how we can assist you.