Last week, a man was found dead underneath an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in Jackson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near Peachtree Road in the Caney Fork community. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that person involved was a 69-year-old man. Friends reportedly found him, and he was underneath a Kawasaki ATV. First responders and crews rushed to the scene. Initial reports indicate that no foul play is suspected. There has been no word on whether or not some type of crash occurred or if the ATV somehow overturned on him. This incident is still under investigation with officials.
ATV Related Deaths in The U.S.
In 2016, there were an estimated 101,200 ATV-related emergency room-treated injuries in the U.S.
As of December 31, 2016, there were 14,653 reports of ATV-related deaths between 1982 and 2016.
In 2016, there were 337 ATV-related fatalities in the U.S.
North Carolina is one of the top 10 states where people die on ATVs.
CPSC’s Tips For Improving ATV Safety
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a variety of tips to help improve ATV safety for riders. First, they recommend never riding on paved roads. Additionally, children under 16 should never be allowed to ride adult-sized ATVs. You should never ride on a one-person ATV with a passenger or as a passenger. Both of these issues can change the weight and balance of the vehicle and make crashes or rollover wrecks more likely to occur. The CPSC also recommends riders always wear helmets and other protective gear to reduce or potentially prevent injuries in the even of a crash. Finally, they also recommend all riders take a hands-on safety training course.
ATV Accidents in Asheville
ATV accidents can be devastating, catastrophic and even fatal for riders. After any kind of accident involving an ATV or 4-wheeler, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney about your options. If you have been injured in an ATV accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation.