A 17-year-old teen from Toledo, Washington, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering a traumatic head injury after he was involved in a ATV accident reports The Republic.
According to the report , the boy’s ATV flipped when the rear tire came off of the rim. Low tire pressure may have been a factor in the accident.
The boy was apparently riding his ATV on a local road and was not wearing a helmet.
This accident came right after a report was published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on ATV crashes on public roads.
According to the IIHS, 1,700 ATV riders were killed after accidents on public roads between 2007 and 2011. In fact, nearly 70% of all fatal accidents occurred on public roadways. Of those killed, only 13% of the ATV drivers and 6% of the passengers who were killed were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
The IIHS recommends several possible ways of reducing the number of ATV accidents:
1. Increase laws that prohibit ATVs on paved public roads.
2. Require helmets to be worn by riders.
3. Improve ATV stability
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 the family of those killed.