A Findlay man passed away after an ATV accident on Sunday, according to the Toledo Blade. Wood County Sheriff’s Department reported that the 26-year-old man was riding his Polaris Predator when he lost control of the ATV and struck a tree.
Polaris recalled 18,500 Predator 500s made in 2003 and 2004 because the front brake lines can crack and leak brake fluid, possibly resulting in loss of braking capability, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
There were 555 ATV-related deaths reported nationally in 2006, but the estimated number could be higher, according to statistics gathered by the United States government. Over 146,600 people suffered personal injuries from ATV accidents that same year, according to the same report.
Many times ATV accident injuries are caused because the rider is not wearing a helmet, or because they are too small to control the all-terrain vehicle. Kids should not drive ATVs, nor should they ride as a passenger on one. ATVs are not built to be driven on pavement, which is why it is important to stay off of roads, and away from cars.
Other models, such as the Yamaha Rhino, are more apt to rollover due to their narrow wheelbase and high center of gravity. ATV rollover accidents have been responsible for crushed legs, broken arms, and even wrongful death.
Our Toledo, Ohio ATV accident attorneys see the devastating effects that ATV accidents can cause. We encourage all ATV riders to follow the proper safety precautions in order to prevent personal injury. If you or someone you love has been injured in an ATV accident, contact our office to order our FREE Ohio Accident Book to learn what you can do to protect your rights.