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The experienced personal injury attorneys at Auger & Auger have been fighting for victims of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents for more than 4 decades. We know the physical and emotional injuries that can stem from these accidents and believe that at-fault parties should be held accountable for their actions. We will fight tirelessly for your rights to win the maximum amount of compensation you are due.
ATVs are popular in Columbia and throughout the state. They are used purely for recreation by some and for hunting, fishing, and farming by others. It’s important to understand that these large, useful machines can be as dangerous as they are exciting — especially for young teens who often ride ATVs built for adults. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) points out that more than 90% of the injuries sustained by children in ATV accidents are due to the inability to maneuver these oversized ATVs appropriately.
As parents we can emphasize to our youngsters that ATVs and quads are not toys and that they are dangerous on all paved roadways. Setting an example will make a difference. A lack of physical strength combined with inexperience makes children more prone to ATV accidents than adults. Even though regulations, guidelines, and laws have been put into place in South Carolina, research has shown that the number of children experiencing fatalities from ATV accidents has remained the same for years.
Dr. William Hennrikus with Penn State College of Medicine says, “Too many young children are driving these machines which are equivalent to a motorcycle in many ways.” A current research study showed that 55% of children treated after an ATV wreck sustained injuries at the cervical spine or lower. These children suffered at least one bone fracture, most often along the major bones in the leg. As your Columbia ATV accident attorney, we understand just how devastating such a serious injury would be to a child.
Between the years of 2014 and 2016 in South Carolina, 30 people were killed in ATV accidents. In 2015, children under the age of 16 accounted for 17% of fatalities across the country — approximately 26,700 more were treated for serious injuries. South Carolina has enacted Chandler’s Law in an earnest attempt to decrease these statistics.
Legislators in Columbia and throughout the state have begun to take ATV safety more seriously. Chandler’s Law was passed in May 2011 in honor of Chandler Saylor, a boy who passed away after an ATV accident at a friend’s house. Chandler’s parents, along with the general assembly, worked for passage of this law that sets forth rules for ATV child safety.
Officially known as the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Act, Chandler’s Law details several specific requirements for ATV use by children. Highlights include:
The aftermath of an ATV accident can be difficult, to say the least. When it is your child that is injured you want immediate justice. After they have received important medical attention, your next move is a phone call to our Columbia ATV accident attorney. We will not only review the details of the crash with you and your child but conduct an extensive investigation of our own. As a family-owned firm, we put our efforts to the test with our zero-fee guarantee; our team works on a contingency basis to make exceptional legal representation possible for everyone.
With nearly 50 years of combined litigation experience, the team at Auger & Auger has built a solid reputation across South Carolina. We like to think that our client testimonials speak to the fact that we strongly believe in the rights of accident victims. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us today!
Call (803) 470-5298 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!