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West Virginia has more fatal ATV accidents than any other state

As the weather warms, many West Virginia residents are heading outside to participate in outdoor activities. From boating to enjoying all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), West Virginians are busy having fun on recreational vehicles. However, these recreational activities often come with a lot of risk. When the negligence of another person interferes with the safe operation of recreation vehicles, people can get seriously hurt or even killed. Sadly, fatal accidents are not uncommon.

According to reports, West Virginia actually has the highest rate of ATV accidents on public roads in the entire nation. In a study by the Journal of Safety Research, it was determined that West Virginia had an average of 104.9 deaths from public ATV riding per 10 million people between 2007 and 2011. This was higher than any other state.

Many speculate about the cause of all these fatal accidents. Some say that ATVs are often not visible to others in the area. Police claim that safety may not be taken as seriously as it should be. Local officials say that it is difficult to enforce ordinances that prohibit or discourage ATVs on public roads.

While many factors may be to blame for the level of fatal ATV accident in West Virginia, one thing is clear -- the loss of a loved one is often physically, emotionally and financially difficult on the person's surviving family. When the death is caused by the negligence of another person, a wrongful death suit may be appropriate. In a wrongful death suit, a family may be able to seek damages for medical expenses, funeral costs and pain and suffering caused by the fatal accident.

Source: WOWKTV, "West Virginia leads nation in public road ATV fatalities," Hillary Hall, June 3, 2015

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