In April, Alabama.com reported on the tragic death of a Coaling woman. The 37-year-old victim was involved in an accident while riding a four-wheeler. The four-wheeler was found lying on its side with the victim lying nearby next to a tree. The location of the crash was a private driveway near to the woman’s home. Her husband indicated that the victim had ridden the four-wheeler down the driveway to go to the mailbox and never returned. Our Alabama ATV accident lawyers know that recreational vehicles are enjoyed by many, especially over the spring and summer months when the weather is nice. Unfortunately, four-wheelers, ATVs and other vehicles of this type can also be deadly when an accident happens. It is important for everyone to understand the risks inherent in riding a four-wheeler and to take steps necessary to protect themselves from these risks. How Dangerous are Recreational Vehicles? The data on ATVs and four-wheelers shows just how much danger these types of recreational vehicles present to riders. According to ATV Safety, for example, there were 327 deaths on ATVs in 2011 including 57 children under age 16 who lost their lives. Many others were injured, with 107,500 people in total going to ERs due to ATV injuries, 29,000 of whom were aged 16 or under.Read More
ATV accidents in Alabama are a summer risk. Our personal injury attorneys understand that there are ATVs all over this state during this time of the year. We typically see more ATV accidents during this time of the year because kids are out of school and many residents are out enjoying summer vacations. Both parties are likely to hop on their ATV and head out. With more riders there are more risks for accidents. The problem is a little more serious than some might think. As a matter of fact, there were more than 780 people who died in ATV accidents across the country in 2009. According to ATVSafety.gov, another 132,000 people were injured in these kinds of accidents. The state of Alabama sees its fair share of riding accidents, particularly during summer and fall months. There were more than 50 ATV accident fatalities reported in the state from 2/?p=1007 to 2009.Read More
The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra are the only large pickups to earn the top rating of good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s roof strength evaluation that measures occupant protection in rollover crashes. The Nissan Titan is rated acceptable for rollover protection. The Chevrolet Silverado (and twin GMC Sierra), and Dodge Ram are rated marginal. The ratings apply only to crew cab versions of these pickups. To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle’s roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle’s weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes.Read More
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