Indiana Officials Say, ATV Accidents Call Attention to Risk and Safety Needs
Insurance Journal-July 12, 2012-Kirk Johannesen- All-terrain vehicles are powerful machines that should not be considered toys for children, and riders should take safety precautions, officials in Indiana say.
Three recent ATV-related accidents in or near Bartholomew County show the possible dangers of riding ATVs and the need for wearing protective gear as people enjoy summertime fun on four-wheelers.
According to the article a 14-year-old was riding an ATV on South County Road 800W in Bartholomew County in July when he swerved to miss a dog causing the ATV to flip. The teen was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital and was treated for a broken leg.
Another man died of his injuries he suffered in an ATV accident in northwest Jennings County in June. The 21-year-old man died of blunt force trauma to the head. According to police the man was riding a four-wheel ATV following his brother. The ATV left the west side of the roadway, which has loose asphalt and gravel on both sides. The man struck several mailboxes before being thrown from the ATV. The driver was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Also, a 15-year-old suffered serious head injuries when she was thrown from an ATV that their father was driving on private property near Freetown in June. The father was driving in a field when he lost control, causing the ATV to flip. Neither the father nor his daughters were wearing helmets or other safety equipment.
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