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Lake County boat accident lawyerWith the summer months in full bloom here in the greater Chicago area, many Chicagoans are hauling their boats out to Illinois’ impressive number of boating attractions. From Lake Michigan to Rock River, Illinois offers boating enthusiasts a wide array of recreational opportunities. However, with the fun and excitement of boating comes risk. 

According to the United States Coast Guard, 4,291 boating accidents occurred throughout the United States in 2017 alone. In all, 2,629 Americans suffered injuries during boating accidents throughout the year, 658 of which proved to be fatal. If your family is planning to enjoy Illinois’ waterways this summer, it is important to know how to keep your family safe. If a member of your family suffers an injury while boating, it is critically important to quickly obtain the medical and legal support you need. 

Avoiding an Accident

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Waukegan personal injury attorneys, ATV dangers, ATV accidents, ATV injuries, recreational vehicle accidentsEvery year, roughly 40,000 people throughout the country are rushed to the emergency room due to ATV-related injuries. ATVs, also known as all-terrain vehicles, are commonly used as recreational vehicles throughout the United States.

As winter continues to fade away, and we head into the sunnier months of the year, thousands of Americans will begin to take out their ATVs. However, with the fun comes incredible danger.

Annually, around 150 children under the age of 16 lose their lives while riding ATVs. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commision, May through September represents the most dangerous period of ATV riding in the United States. From 2009 to 2012, just under 400 Americans died in ATV related accidents in the summer months between May and September. In 2015 alone, 97,200 people suffered ATV injuries nationwide.

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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,Many people use recreational vehicles (RV) during the summer; the weather becomes warmer and many people use RVs for camping trips or long-distance travel. However, before you and your family or friends step into a recreational vehicle, it is essential to understand precautions that should be taken to ensure your and your passengers’ safety. The following includes some safety tips that should be adhered to when operating a recreational vehicle:

1. Maintain your propane tank. If left unchecked or not used properly, a propane tank can explode or overheat. Make sure your propane tank is regularly checked by a professional dealer and install a propane gas detector. Never paint your propane tank in a black color because then the tank will quickly absorb sunlight and become overheated.

2. Wear all required gear. Make sure you are wearing a helmet and any other appropriate gear when driving a recreational vehicle. Research indicates that the use of protective gear when driving or riding vehicles and bikes can decrease the likelihood of a serious or fatal injury in an accident.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois ATV accident lawyer,Operating any kind of recreational vehicle brings with it a level of risk, and ATVs are no exception. Studies have shown that ATV rollovers are a major cause of fatalities and countless injuries. Fatalities are typically caused by the ATV crushing the rider or by rider falls, where the rider is ejected and makes impact with the ground or other objects.

The design of an ATV can also be problematic depending on the driver and their experience, as well as their level of physical fitness. For example, a short wheel base, narrow track, and high center gravity position can make maneuvering and operating an ATV challenging for those less familiar with riding.

Tips for Staying Safe

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ATV accidents, ATV accidents in Illinois, Chicago ATV accident lawyerAll-terrain vehicles (ATVs) first made an appearance on American back roads in the 1970s, and their popularity has steadily increased, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). However, with the increase of popularity in ATVs comes an increase in accidents involving ATVs, and a “disturbing” proportion of those injured in ATV accidents happen to be children.

In 1982, there were only 10,100 ATV-related injuries reported in the U.S. A decade later, that number had risen to 58,200. By 2007, there were more than 150,000 injuries caused in ATV-related accidents.

The severity of these accidents has also continued to increase, with only 29 deaths in 1982 to more than 750 in 2007. Over 25 percent of these fatalities (nearly 10,300 between 1982 and 2009) were people under the age of 16.

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