A 16-year-old Ocoee boy was killed and a 14-year-old Clermont girl was hospitalized with serious injuries this week after an SUV crashed into one of their stalled ATVs in the roadway.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the pair was attempting to tow the unlit, stalled ATV from the road when an SUV glided over a crest in the road and smashed into one of the ATVs.
The 57-year-of the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
FHP is currently investigating the crash. Charges are pending.
All-terrain vehicles, most commonly called ATVS, are motorized recreational vehicles used primarily for off-road riding. While these vehicles are relatively safe when used properly, some ATVs are unreasonably dangerous despite how cautious operators may be. In fact, debilitating injuries can result even when recreational vehicles are operated appropriately. Many ATV accidents result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputation. Even those that wear helmets and protective gear can suffer severe injuries when involved in a sudden collision. Like all off-road accidents, the faster a vehicle is traveling on uneven terrain significantly increases the chances of suffering a catastrophic injury.
Many ATV accident-related deaths occur due to design defects and operator negligence. Some of the dangers associated with ATVs include the following:
Similar to motorcycle accidents, ATV accidents often deliver severe injuries to riders because drivers and passenger have very little protection against impact. Those involved in ATV accidents often suffer life-changing injuries. Sadly, many ATV crash victims are teenagers and children.
If you were harmed in an ATV accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an ATV accident, a Villages Personal Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can review your case immediately for free. You may be entitled to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and mental anguish. Contact us today online or call 352-369-5334.
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