Posted On: September 20, 2010 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

ATV Accident Kills Young Girl

A sixth-grader from Delaware was killed on September 15 in a tragic all-terrain vehicle accident. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that she was driving a 2003 Honda Recon ATV at her grandfather’s house. She became pinned under the ATV after it flipped backward and she hit her head on the driveway.

This wrongful death accident shows that children do not have the skills to drive an all-terrain vehicle. They do not have the judgment to use them safely. If they ride along as passengers, they need to be restrained and wear safety gear, such as a helmet.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that children below the age of 16 do not ride an ATV. The AAP mandates that only persons above the age of 16 with an automobile driving license and some ATV use certification should be allowed to ride these vehicles.

Sadly, reported that 40,000 families a year were suffering the tragedy of death and serious injury to their children from these accidents. Between 1995 and 2005, ATVs killed at least 1,218 children under age 16, which is about 27 % of all ATV-related deaths during that time.

The family of this young girl would be well advised to contact a Pennsylvania personal injury who has experience dealing with ATV accidents and ATV rollover cases. An expert should examine the ATV involved for vehicle product defects.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident in Pennsylvania, please contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney. Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano will investigate the accident to determine if it was the result of someone’s negligence.