On Monday morning, there was a fatal ATV crash at Camp Daniel Boone in Canton. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a Camp Daniel Boone Ranger, 57-year-old Michael Nelson, was killed in the wreck. Very little information has been released about this fatal four-wheeler crash, but we do know that it happened sometime before 11:00 a.m. First responders were called to the scene of the one-person ATV crash at Camp Daniel Boone, where Nelson was pronounced dead. There has been no word on the cause of the fatal ATV wreck, and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly still investigating the incident.

ATV Crashes by The Numbers

In 2015, at least 340 adults were killed in ATV-related deaths across the U.S.

At least 58 children were killed in ATV-related deaths in the U.S. in 2015.

North Carolina is one of the top-ten deadliest states for ATV crashes.

In 2015, there were approximately 97,200 ATV-related injuries in the U.S.

28 percent of those injuries involved children under the age of 16.

On average, 564 adults and 123 children die in ATV-related crashes each year.

CPSC’s Tips For Improving ATV Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been studying ATV-related crash data from the past couple of decades, and they’ve come up with a variety of tips to improve rider safety. First of all, riders should always wear helmets and other protective gear. There should never be more riders on an ATV than it was designed for. They always recommend riders get training from qualified instructors. Always stay of paved roads, and use extreme caution if you have to cross one. Finally, never, ever let a child under the age of 16 ride on an adult ATV. Always have the right-sized machine for the right age and size.

ATV Crashes in Asheville

Four wheelers are popular for both recreational and professional use in Asheville and across the State of North Carolina. While ATVs can be a lot of fun, they’re not without risk, and riders are encouraged to get training and follow all of the CPSC’s safety guidelines to improve their own personal safety and the safety of others. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members, friends, loved ones and scouts of Ranger Nelson.