Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, two children were seriously injured in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash in Glen St. Mary, Florida, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). A 14-year-old girl was driving a 2019 Polaris ATV that overturned when she lost control. She was injured. There were two passengers. A 9-year-old was injured and an 11-year-old was uninjured.
On March 8, 2021, WCTV in Tallahassee reported there were two ATV crashes in its viewing area. The first was in Wakulla County. A woman suffered a serious injury in an ATV accident. The other ATV crash resulted in the tragic death of a 50-year-old man after he was thrown from his ATV.
Manufacturers have had ATV design and manufacturing problems. Thousands of ATVs are recalled every year because of defects that cause tragic deaths. In April 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Polaris Industries Inc. had agreed to pay a civil penalty to settle charges concerning its lack of timely reporting of safety issues to the commission.
In addition to possibly defective ATVs, Kalkomey Enterprises, LLC, a provider of recreational safety education materials, says some of the leading causes of ATV accidents are:
- Driving an ATV on a paved surface. ATVs are designed for off-road use only and handle poorly on pavement.
- Riding double on an ATV that isn’t designed to carry a passenger. Most ATVs are designed for only one rider.
- Letting inexperienced operators ride without an experienced riding partner.
- Riding without adult supervision.
- Performing dangerous stunts and maneuvers.
- Operating in unfamiliar areas or terrain.
- Failing to observe state laws and local ordinances.
Fort Myers ATV Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, “Unfortunately, some manufacturers of ATVs have designed them dangerously, which may cause them to roll over easily or fail to provide adequate protection in the form of roll cages or seat belts for their occupants. When these safety precautions are not taken by manufacturers, or when ATV drivers negligently operate them, accidents can occur that result in serious injuries and even deaths. When the worst happens, please contact our experienced Fort Myers ATV accident team. Here is an example of one of our many case results:
We obtained a settlement for a Fort Myers ATV accident victim who received serious leg fractures when a drunk driver struck the ATV on which she was riding.
Please go to Case Results for more information. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you.”
Fort Myers ATV Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.