Florida injury lawyers are calling for caution in using recreational vehicles in light of recent accident reports. In a recent study, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that off-road all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents claimed 15,250 lives from 1982 to 2017 in America. In Florida, ATV accidents killed more than 600 people during that period.
The investigative journalism site Fair Warning writes that one in five of the ATV fatalities were children. Fair Warning notes that accidents and injuries may actually be higher than cited in the report. That’s because, experts say, many outdoor recreational motorists use ROV’s, a different type of vehicle. That stands for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle, according to the CPSC.
“Manufactures intended people to use ROV’s on terrain similar to that on which people use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs),” says the CPSC. ROVs have a steering wheel instead of a handlebar for steering, bench or bucket seats for the driver and passenger(s) instead of straddle seating, and foot controls for throttle and braking instead of levers located on the handlebar. In addition, ROVs have a rollover protective system (ROPS), restraint systems, and a maximum speed greater than 30 mph.”
Florida Injury Lawyers Say Stay Safe
Using these off-road vehicles on regular paved streets causes some accidents. In Palm Bay for example, where Florida injury lawyers Martinez Manglardi PA have an office, police recently reminded residents that people should not use recreational vehicles in a semi-developed area. Palm Bay police told News 9 that there have been accidents and injuries in an area known as the Compound. Developer abandoned the section years ago, leaving many paved roads in an otherwise undeveloped area.
The Florida injury lawyers at Martinez Manglarid PA want to remind people to be safe in whatever activities they undertake. Vehicle accidents can be devastating and victims often face a difficult recovery. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by negligence or carelessness, hiring a personal injury attorney may be your best way to recover losses. The Florida injury lawyers at Martinez Manglardi PA have been fighting for accident victims for more than 30 years. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation at one of our convenient Central Florida locations.