ATV Crash Tragically Kills One in Pettis County, Missouri (MO)
PETTIS COUNTY, MO- Krcgtv.com writes that a woman died after being involved in a crash with an ATV this week. The highway patrol reported that the crash occurred in the late evening close to Allen Road near its intersection with Bertha Road. The victim was identified as a 28-year-old woman from Sedalia. Reports indicate that the victim died at the scene of the accident.*
The ATV reportedly traveled, drove down an embankment, and entered the woods where it rolled over ejecting the woman. The driver and another passenger were both injured in the crash as well. Responders transported the two men to the Research Medical Center.
Every year, somewhere between 300 and 400 people are killed in ATV crashes in the United States. The highest number of fatal ATV crashes per capita in recent years has been in West Virginia. In Missouri, 44 people died in these incidents over a three-year period. When accounted for on a per capita basis, Missouri ranked sixth in the nation for ATV accident deaths.
One problem with ATVs is that they are designed to be used for off-roading, and not to be driven on pavement. Sadly, many people take these vehicles off the road risking severe injuries or even death. In fact, one study indicated that 60 percent of people killed in ATV crashes died while the vehicles were being used on public roadways with paved surfaces. Of course, part of the danger is that there are other, larger vehicles on paved roads, but that is not the only concern. ATVs are not meant to make sharp turns, and on the road, they often end up crashing when drivers attempt to negotiate turns or curves.
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