August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For many Texas families, riding ATVs is a big part of enjoying the outdoors. But, for however fun four-wheeling is, it is important to remember that it can be very dangerous. This is especially true if young or inexperienced riders are allowed to use ATVs without proper supervision and training.
Sadly, a recent spate of accidents
has drawn attention to this issue. According to a recent report in the Beaumont Enterprise, three Texas children were involved in serious ATV accidents within one week this summer.
The first accident occurred when a 12-year-old boy was thrown from his ATV. He was declared dead at the hospital. In the second, a 14-year-old boy died after he ran a stop sign and his four-wheeler was hit by a car. The third accident involved a 9-year-old boy who was critically injured after the ATV in which he was a passenger flipped over.
Law enforcement officials have said that the cause of each accident can be traced back to violations of state law. Further, in each case, the adults responsible for supervising the children have the potential of facing criminal charges.
Texas ATV laws
In the wake of these accidents, all parents in Texas would be well advised to review the laws concerning children and ATVs. By doing so, they may be able to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.
Under Texas law, any child under age 14 who wishes to ride an ATV must be accompanied by an adult and must be under that adult's direct supervision at all times. Adults who do not uphold this responsibility can be held civilly and criminally liable if an accident happens.
In addition, all ATV operators in Texas must abide by the following rules:
- ATVs may not be driven on public roads
- ATV operators may not carry passengers unless the vehicle is designed to do so
- ATVs may not be driven later than a half-hour after sunset or earlier than a half-hour before sunrise
- Operators who wish to drive on public land must obtain a safety certificate
- ATV operators must never drive while drunk
In addition to these rules, Texas law imposes a duty on all ATV drivers to operate their vehicles with reasonable care for the safety of others. Drivers who do not follow this rule can be sued for personal injury or wrongful death if an accident occurs.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Texas ATV accident caused by another person's negligence, it is a good idea to schedule a meeting with an experienced personal injury attorney. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, disability, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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