TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID CHILD ATV / 4 WHEELER ACCIDENT
Many people have an ATV or 4-Wheeler at their cabin or home in Minnesota. Those types of vehicles are natural magnets to attract children. Most every child loves the thrill of driving a 4-Wheeler or ATV when they can steer and decides where it goes, and control the speed. However, while driving these vehicles are great fun for the kids, and we all want them to have fun, it is also important for their parents or caregivers to make sure they do so safely.
It is really not possible to come up with a bright-line age recommendation. There may be 10 year-olds that can drive a 4 wheeler slowly and safely, and 15 year olds who are definitely not ready. The parents have to assess their own child’s ability by riding with them, having boundaries and rules, and watching. Safety training is most important, along with making sure the child demonstrates responsible driving for a period of time before being allowed to drive longer or further on their own.
Our lawyers have represented a number of MN children and their families after an ATV or 4 Wheeler injury. Sometimes it is a child passenger on the vehicle being driving by a child friend who loses control and causes an accident. Sometimes it is a child who runs into someone while driving the 4 Wheeler or ATV. And our attorneys have also had cases where a child was visiting a friend and was allowed to drive the ATV by the friend’s parents, resulting in an accident because the child wasn’t trained or ready and shouldn’t have been allowed to drive. Whatever the situation, if your child is injured in an ATV or 4 Wheeler accident in Minnesota, you are welcome to call us for a free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer. We will answer your questions about medical bills, insurance issues, future care, pain and suffering and more.