Florida Man Killed In ATV Accident
Many people like to use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) recreationally, and while they can be fun to ride in the woods and on trails, they can be dangerous as well. Many people don’t know how to ride these vehicles properly, which can lead to serious accidents.
Sadly, a recent ATV crash in Florida led to fatality. The fatal accident occurred on the afternoon of February 9 near the intersection of Poinciana Boulevard and Royal Point Avenue in Kissimmee.
A 30-year-old man was riding the ATV inside a new home construction site near Old Tampa Highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The ATV flipped over and overturned on top of him. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, died at the accident scene. The crash is under investigation.
Causes of ATV Accidents
ATVs have four wheels and while they have more stability than two-wheeled motorcycles, they are still dangerous if not operated properly. Many people allow teens and young children to use these vehicles unsupervised and this is not a good idea. Only those with experience should drive ATVs.
ATV accidents can occur in many ways. Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid crashes:
- Avoid driving ATVs on pavement. These are all-terrain vehicles that handle poorly on paved surfaces. ATVs should be used on dirt, grass, rock, and other non-pavement surfaces.
- Do not carry passengers. ATVs are typically meant for just one person only—the driver. While the ATV may typically have room for more people, that does not mean that transporting people is safe.
- Do not ride without supervision. A child or inexperienced rider should not drive the ATV without supervision. Someone should be keeping an eye on the vehicle at all times.
- Always wear a helmet. A helmet can protect your head and help prevent brain damage and other injuries.
- Avoid stunt driving. Many people like to jump hills and perform other stunts while on ATVs. However, these stunts are dangerous, as they can cause the rider to lose control.
- Avoid unfamiliar areas. Keep the ATV on familiar terrain. If you take it somewhere else, you may come across hills, wooded areas, downed fencing, and other obstacles that can make riding difficult and cause you to get into a crash.
- Follow state laws and regulations. ATVs cannot be driven on public roadways, so keep them off pavement. Also, understand state laws so you know what is required of you.
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ATVs can be fun to ride, but accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. This is especially true when rollovers are involved.
If you have been involved in an ATV crash, seek legal help from the Florida ATV accident attorneys at Meldon Law. We’ll help you explore your legal options. Schedule a consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (800) 373-8000. We have four offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, and Fort Lauderdale.