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Tragic ATV Crash Kills Nine-Year-Old Girl in Ohatchee, Alabama (AL)


July 26, 2020

OHATCHEE, AL- Trusvilletribune.com writes that a child died this week in an ATV incident in Alabama. The victim was a nine-year-old and a student at the Ohatchee Elementary School. The family set up a GoFundMe page.*

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) writes that ATVs are potentially dangerous vehicles that should never be treated like toys. It is important for those who ride ATVs to stay off of paved roadways. 

About 650 people are killed each year in accidents involving ATVs, and 100,000 more sustain injuries. Laws vary in whether they permit ATVs to be driven on public roadways, but even if such actions are legal, they are dangerous and should be avoided. 

About one in three fatal ATV incidents occur when these vehicles are being driven on paved roads. ATVs are not designed to be used on paved surfaces and are less easily controlled in such environments. On pavement, an ATV has a greater chance of overturning. There are also risks associated with sharing the roadway with larger vehicles. 

Other safety information for those who choose to ride an ATV include always using a helmet, never riding with passengers (most ATVs are only meant to carry one person), undergoing training before riding, and never permitting children under the age of sixteen to operate an ATV intended for adults. ATVs are powerful, and children typically do not have the skill set to safely control such vehicles. ATV models designed for children are typically equipped with speed limiters to prevent riders from traveling too fast. Models are marked with information regarding at what age a rider may operate the ATV. It is important to know that the ATV is safe for the intended rider to use.   

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Sources:

https://www.trussvilletribune.com/2020/07/20/9-year-old-ohatchee-girl-killed-in-atv-crash/

https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/ATV-Safety-Information-Center

https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2018/CPSC-Urges-Riders-to-Keep-All-Terrain-Vehicles-Off-Roads-in-New-Public-Service-Announcement/

https://www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/sports-fitness-and-recreation/atv-safety-children-should-never-ride


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