The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reporting a drop in the number of fatalities related to accidents involving all-terrain vehicles in 2011. However, although there has been a drop in fatalities, the number of people dying from using ATVs on roads has actually increased dramatically since 1982.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 327 people died in ATV-related accidents in 2011. However, that number could only present part of the picture. The toll is likely to increase by several hundreds more, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission receives more information about other fatalities from coroners as well as medical examiner records.
However, as far as recorded figures are concerned, those are the lowest fatality numbers on record since the past several years.
There are other reasons for California personal injury lawyers to be cynical about the statistics. Other data shows that the deaths of people who are using all-terrain vehicles on public roads actually increased by as much as nine fold since 1982. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 305 people died in ATV-related accidents while they were riding these vehicles on the road in 2011. The fatalities included 10 children who were below 13 years of age.
Another major concern to California personal injury lawyers is that close to 50% of the children below the age of 16 who died in ATV-related accidents were below the age of 12. This shows that the vast majority of fatalities involving ATV-related accidents continue to remain young children, who are riding adult ATVs.
Under the law, ATV dealers are not allowed to sell adult-sized ATVs to families that are buying them for their children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission does monitor these dealerships to see where they're following the law, and reports that the rate of violations was down in 2011.