ATV Crash Kills 10-Year-Old from Guyton in Bulloch County, Georgia
BULLOCH COUNTY, GA- Wtoc.com writes that an ATV crash killed a girl from Guyton. The child was riding an ATV on a private driveway when she crashed while trying to turn the vehicle. The ATV flipped over on top of her.*
Another child was on the vehicle as well and sustained only minor injuries.
The 10-year-old victim was transported to the Effingham County Hospital where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.
Every year in the United States, there are about 700 fatalities resulting from ATV crashes, and about 100,000 reported injuries.
ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are designed for driving off roads. These vehicles are not safe when they are driven on pavement. In addition to the risks associated with driving one of these vehicles around larger vehicles like cars and trucks, ATVs have a high risk of rolling over when they are driven on pavement.
Fatal accidents involving ATVs often include child victims. While there are youth ATVs, regular sized ATVs are designed to be driven by adults. These vehicles can travel at high rates of speed and are too large for children to operate properly. Smaller youth-sized vehicles are easier for young people to operate and they have lower maximum speeds.
It is also important that people operating ATVs use their seatbelts and wear helmets. Unfortunately, many people do not abide by the safety recommendation for these vehicles and therefore put themselves at risk of being involved in potentially deadly crashes.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that people also take a course that teaches them how to operate these vehicles properly.
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