They zip, they zoom, and if you are a twelve-year-old boy owning a go-kart is easily the greatest joy in this world. As fun as go-karts are on tracks and at amusements parks, what kid does not dream of owning their very own kart to cruise around the cul-de-sac? Parents who are considering granting the gift of a go-kart should educate themselves and their children on the potential dangers of an at-home speed wagon.
According to a study that was recently released, children who sustain injuries from go-karts requiring hospitalization stay an average of five days in the hospital. More than half of these children required at least one operation and almost a third required two or more operations. These findings were part of a larger study of 160 children ages 16 and under who were admitted to the hospital from 1998 to 2003 as a result of injuries from go-karts and other motorized vehicles.
Go-karts pose a variety of threats and dangers, including:
Parents should also take into account the maturity level of their child. It is extremely important that if you do allow your child to use a private go-kart, you be present to monitor and supervise their fast times and fun.
If you or your child has suffered injuries due to a go-kart accident you may be entitled to recover damages for your losses. Contact the Kenosha go-kart accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 for a free initial consultation.