Man, on ATV Dies in Tragic Multiple Vehicle Wreck
SHANNON, NC- The robesonian.com writes that a man was involved in a multiple-vehicle collision in North Carolina while riding an ATV. The 24-year-old victim was on the four-wheeled vehicle late in the evening this week when the collision occurred. According to the police, the rider was not using a helmet and was on a state road- both of which are violations of North Carolina law.*
The victim was traveling eastbound on a Yamaha ATV with two vehicles behind him. A 26-year-old was in a 2004 Ford pickup truck, and a 29-year-old was driving a 2008 Cadillac. The pickup truck collided with the ATV pushed it into the westbound lanes of traffic. The Cadillac then collided with the Ford. None of the people in any of the vehicles were using seatbelts at the time based on the police reports.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), writes that ATVs are dangerous and should not be treated as toys. A public service announcement on the devices states that they should never be taken onto the road.
When these vehicles are driven on the road, they are not stable because they are not intended for use on paved surfaces. On pavement, ATVs present a risk of overturning and can collide with cars leading to deadly results. This is why many states have outlawed the use of these vehicles on the road.
Thousands of people have died in crashes involving ATVs. The CPSC writes that riders should always use helmets and other protective gear and clothing. Children should never be permitted to ride on adult-sized ATVs, and anyone using one of these vehicles should receive professional training.
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Sources:https://www.robesonian.com/news/131915/three-vehicle-accident-kills-man-on-atv and https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/ATV-Safety-Information-Center and https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2018/CPSC-Urges-Riders-to-Keep-All-Terrain-Vehicles-Off-Roads-in-New-Public-Service-Announcement/