Dirt Bike Accidents
Off-roading is a recreational activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, but the risk of injury is present for all when these vehicles are driven across rough and rocky terrain. Arizona is one of the leading states for deaths in off-road accidents, with over 250 fatalities being reported since data began being collected in 1982, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nonfatal injuries caused by dirt bike accidents increased by 1/3 in 2001 2004, the last period for which data is available. Injuries sustained while riding a dirt bike can be painful, life-altering or even fatal, whether racing motocross or traversing trails in the woods.
Most dirt bike riders share similar traits; the average rider is a white male under the age of 30. He has less than a college education and lives in a non-metropolitan area. The majority of accidents on dirt bikes happen to children and teens. Arizonas wide open areas can provide for an ideal off-road experience, making such crashes a concern for local families.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury or catastrophically lost their life while riding a dirt bike, Phillips Law Group may be able to help. Victims of off-roading injuries may be entitled to compensation. Our legal staff can help determine whether you have grounds for legal recourse, and provide the expertise, determination and legal guidance you need to pursue justice.
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Dirt Bike Accident Statistics
Most states do not impose a minimum age requirement for operating off-road vehicles, and Arizona is among them. Unfortunately, the age group most susceptible to dirt bike injury is those under 19. According to the CDC, over 23,000 children and teens are treated for nonfatal injuries due to off-roading each year.
Some statistics about off-roading injuries and deaths in this age group include (data from years 2001 2004):
- Increase in injury rate by 33.7% (01 04)
- Over 88% of patients were male
- Nearly 70% of nonfatal injuries occurred in patients 16 and under
- 12 15 year olds had the highest rate of nonfatal injury
- More than 70% of accidents were in a natural setting, vs. 20% in motocross
- Motocross accidents led to more instances of hospitalization vs. natural settings
- Almost 9% of motocross accidents involved jumping maneuvers
- About 5% of motocross accidents involved another off-road vehicle
- Nearly 40% of initial diagnoses involved fractures or internal trauma
- Over 60% of patients suffered an injury in an extremity
- Over 35% of injuries in an extremity were fractures
- More than 15% of cases involved head or neck trauma as the primary injury
- Nearly 50% of head and neck injuries involved internal head trauma
Even though Arizona provides some off-road vehicle laws specific to children and teens under 18, many accidents may still be prevented with the adoption of legal age requirements for operators. This view is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, who announced in 2001 that they recommend parents do not allow children under 16 to participate in off-road driving.
There is a variety of injuries that can be caused by dirt bike accidents. If your teenager or child has been hurt while participating in off-roading activities, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to find out if you have a case.
Injuries Sustained in Accidents Involving Dirt Bikes
Although dirt bikes tend to travel at speeds much slower than traditional motorbikes, the terrain where these vehicles are typically ridden presents other risks for danger. Common causes for injury include collisions with other riders, falls during jumps, naturally occurring obstacles, and inconsistent terrain.
Dirt bike accidents often result in the following types of injury:
- Limb damage
- Head or neck trauma
- Torso damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Abrasions & contusions
- Internal injury
- Strains and sprains
The most common sites of injury are the arm, head or neck, accounting for nearly 60% of injuries, according to the CPSC. Contusions or abrasions are diagnosed in about of cases, with fractures, sprains or strains coming in as the 2nd and 3rd most common injuries.
In 2011, according to the CPSC, over 85% of patients admitted for an off-roading related accident were treated and released; however, the remaining 13% may have sustained serious injury or even death.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you care about has sustained injuries or lost their life while riding a dirt bike, you may be eligible to pursue legal recourse in a personal injury or wrongful death case. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have the knowledge and experience to determine whether you have a case, and you can find out about your legal options today for free.
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