ATV, Moped, Scooter & Go-Kart Accidents

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
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Nationwide, ATV's seriously injure or kill approximately 146,000 people every year according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Of these, nearly 40,000 were children under the age of 16. 

The high price tags on autos and the high cost of gasoline is causing many people to look for alternative means of transportation.  Mopeds and scooters are such an option.  In Florida, the warm and sunny climate provides an additional reason to own a moped or scooter.  Getting around rush hour traffic is an added bonus.  However, nationwide statistics show that serious injuries and death cases are skyrocketing as more and more moped and scooter riders hit the streets.

The same holds true for other kinds of motorsports riders including Go-Karts, Buggys, Go-Peds, Pocket Bikes and other power motor machines.  Every year thousands of children are seriously injured or killed while riding one of these motorsports vehicles.

Most states do not have minimum age driver laws for ATVs, mopeds, scooters or any recreational power machine.  In most states you do not need a license, take any safety course, or even wear a helmet.  Children are twice as likely to suffer catastrophic injuries and death while driving or riding a motorsports vehicle.  

For those that enjoy the thrill, freedom and adventure of riding motorized sport machines, there are plenty of different types and models to choose from.    Unfortunately, every year in the United States these specialty vehicles cause thousands of accidents.   

Motorists operating any power motor vehicles have little protection to their life or limbs in the event of an accident or wreck.  A rider can suffer serious personal injuries or death even when not at fault.  A simple fender bender can send any rider hurdling to the pavement causing serious injuries.  Any simple collision with an auto or truck may cause severe and life threatening injuries.

Common causes of injuries while riding a recreational motorsports machine can include:

  • Aggressive Driving
  • Bad Weather Conditions
  • Careless Driving
  • Cell Phone Use
  • Defective Product
  • Driving too Slow
  • Drunk Driving - DUI
  • Failing to Obey Traffic Signals or Signs
  • Falling Asleep while Driving
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Illegal Drug Use
  • Mechanical Problems - Brake Failure
  • Over the Counter Drug Use
  • Prescription Drug Use
  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Reckless Driving
  • Road Rage Incidents
  • Side-Impact Collisions
  • Speeding
  • Other Distractions while Driving

Common injuries sustained while riding a recreational motorsports machine can include:

  • Amputations
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Arm Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • Concussion
  • Disfigurement
  • Facial and Body Scarring
  • Fractured Bones
  • Head Injuries
  • Knee Damage
  • Leg Injuries
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Loss of Vision
  • Multiple Fractures
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Permanent Disability
  • Quadriplegia
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Recreational motorsports accidents can occur while riding on any of the following make or models:

  • All Terrain Vehicles
  • ATV's
  • ATV Quads
  • Utility Vehicles
  • UTV's
  • Mopeds
  • Scooters
  • Go-Peds
  • Go-Karts
  • Buggys
  • Pocket Bikes
  • Minibikes
  • Razors
  • Vespas
  • Moto Toys
  • Other Power Vehicles

Below are some of the largest manufactures of recreational motorsport machines:

  • Arctic Cat
  • Avenger Inc.
  • Baja
  • Bob's Kart Shop
  • Bombardier
  • Cannondale
  • Cycle Country
  • Eton
  • Hiper
  • Honda
  • Kartco Inc.
  • Kawasaki
  • Ken-Bar Mfg.
  • Kolpin
  • KTM
  • KYMCO
  • Long Chang
  • Manco
  • Minat Inc.
  • Ohalee
  • Polaris
  • Razor
  • Razor Dirt Quads
  • Razor Electric Scooters
  • Razor PowerWing Scooters
  • SunL
  • Suzuki
  • T & D Metal Products
  • Vespa
  • Yamaha

You can reach Miami Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

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