A Man from Augusta Dies in Car Crash in Augusta, Georgia (GA)
AUGUSTA, Ga. — A man from Augusta died in a car crash that occurred in Aiken County Tuesday. A news report published by the Augusta Chronicle online indicates that the South Carolina Highway Patrol dispatched officers to Brier Patch Lane to aid a passenger who was severely hurt in an all-terrain vehicle accident. The victim of the crash, a 31-year-old male, was the passenger riding alongside the driver of the all-terrain vehicle when it flipped over. The force of the rollover violently ejected the male victim. The South Carolina Highway Patrol officers who investigated the matter said that the victim succumbed to injuries caused by blunt force trauma. Authorities also reported that the vehicle was designed to have a driver and passenger ride side-by-side.
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, could be fun to ride, provided that the operator and passengers take appropriate safety precautions. ATVs are not toys; they are fast and powerful machines that can travel at high speeds. Riding at high speeds could be dangerous if the operation of the vehicle is interrupted by a bump or a defect in the trail, like a hidden tree stump or rock. Striking an impediment at high speeds could throw the ATV out of control, causing it to roll, or crash into an object, like a tree.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) drafted a report on ATV safety and released it earlier this year. The report indicates that 81,800 injuries occurred in 2018 to ATV riders across the U.S. The number dropped from 2017 when the CPSC recorded an astounding 93,800 injuries from ATV crashes. Younger riders, those 16-years-of-age or younger, sustained about 26 percent of all injuries.
The CPSC notes that injured riders who were treated in emergency departments sustained injuries such as contusions, lacerations, and fractures. The body parts most notably affected by the injuries are the head, neck, legs, torso, and arms.
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