ATV Accident Doctors
ATV Injury Treatment in Tucker
Sure, you know Seminole, Locust Stake, and Durhamtown ATV park, but when you need a Tucker ATV accident doctor – you need to know about AICA.
AICA – we’re the best choice when it comes to your after accident rehabilitation and health.
We’re more than capable. Not only do we provide free X-rays, and feature the most advanced MRI technology, but our orthopedic doctors can identify and treat broken bones, dislocations, fractures, apply casts, remove glass, staples and stitches, monitor your ongoing health, and prescribe medication for quick pain relief.
We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer same day appointments and transportation if you’re immobile because of your injury.
ATV’s were first popularized in the United States in the 1970′s, and advertised as entertainment for kids of all ages. They are typically small one to two passenger vehicles designed for off-road use and able to reach speeds upwards of 90 mph.
They’re open air vehicles, lacking a roll cage, and outfitted with rugged deep-tread tires to climb steep hills, sand dunes, and go just about anywhere. They’re also used for outdoor work, on farms and areas where fast transportation is necessary.
But mostly, they’re used for fun, and the injuries are real. 130,000 accidents and 800 deaths a year, according to the New York Times. While the interest in increased safety and safer alternatives has led to a drop in total ATV sales of over 30%, there isn’t much that can be done for making an inherently hazardous automobile less deadly.
Many riders will balk at that statement, but the numbers speak for themselves. Fatal ATV injuries of those riders aged 40 and over went from 9% in 1982 to 38% in 2012.
Conversely, since the prohibition of three-wheeled ATV sales, the number of deaths of youth aged 20 and below has decreased from 54% in 1982 to 18% in 2012.
ATV injuries can range from inconsequential to severe, and should be taken seriously.
An automatic ATV can weigh up to 600 pounds. It’s a giant that not even an adult can handle when it’s going out of control. Yes, they’re easy to drive, and while ATVs may appear harmless compared to motorcycles, a quad’s rock steady appearance is really a mirage of safety.
- There are a number of reasons.
- The ability of the driver.
- The extreme conditions and speed at which the ATV is driven.
- The lacking safety equipment of the driver.
- The weight of an ATV, ranging from about 300 to 600 pounds.
Unfortunately, there continue to be stories of children getting severely injured and killed on ATVs. While 12 years is the minimum legal age to ride an ATV on public property, there are often no restrictions about when a child can drive on private property.
ATV HELMET USE
Only 8% of ATV riders killed in 2012 wore a helmet. 92% of deaths involved a rider that was not wearing a helmet.
This is compared to 41% of fatally injured motorcycle riders who wore a helmet. While ATVs are driven almost entirely in recreational situations – the vehicle fosters the impression that a helmet is less necessary on an ATV than while on a motorcycle.
CATCH THE QUAD
Even experienced riders can have a suicidal split-second reflex to “catch the quad”.
As they power an ATV uphill and max out their torque, they lose traction and start to fall either backwards or sideways depending on the landscape.
Either they don’t have time to get out of the way – or worse – they had time but instead tried to save their 300 to 600 pound vehicle from rolling back down.
Roughly speaking, a motorcycle is flat, while the ATV is a block – at least when it’s bouncing downhill out of control. While a motorcycle will slide, the ATV will turn end over end, smashing down and trampling everything in its path.
That path is erratic, because the ATV is not round. It has protruding handlebars that pivot and can send the vehicle careening in unexpected directions.
CALL AICA AFTER AN ATV ACCIDENT
But if you’re in need of follow up care, you will receive the appropriate type of medical treatment necessary for your injuries. We provide Atlanta chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological care as well as physical therapy.
Call the board certified doctors at AICA and we’ll get you back on your wheels.
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