Puyallup teen killed in Oregon ATV accident

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that a 16-year-old teenager, Louie Hertel, of Puyallup was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Oregon on Saturday afternoon around 3pm.

According to the report, the teen was in Oregon visiting family and took the ATV – a Yamaha Rhino 450 – out for a ride. He apparent hit some large tire ruts and rolled the ATV.

ATV accidents happen too often even though the federal government, as long as 20 years ago, called the vehicles an “imminent hazard.” There are approximately 7.6 million of the popular vehicles in use and every year approximately 800 people are killed in ATV accidents and approximately 130,000 injured.

While ATV manufacturers blame riders for accidents, ATV stability and design are in question. More than half of the ATV accident fatalities occur when the vehicles roll over on their sides or flip. This kind of accident occurs when the rider hits something or on a steep slope.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and ATV accidents and the family of those killed.

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