A nine-year-old boy tragically lost his life after losing control of the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was riding around his home. According to a Nebraska.TV news report, the young boy, a student at Howard Elementary in Grand Island, was driving an ATV around his Hall County, NE home when he lost control of the recreational vehicle. After the Hall County Sherriff’s Office received the call reporting the ATV accident on the afternoon of October 12, responding law enforcement officers found the ATV resting on top of the nine-year-old and leaning against a parked vehicle that had been knocked off its jack stand.
The young boy was taken to St. Francis Hospital, but shortly after being admitted, he was pronounced dead. The Hall County Sherriff’s Office is currently investigating the accident, and evidence indicates that the boy was not wearing a helmet at the time of the fatal accident. The parents of the nine-year-old were reportedly home when the accident occurred, but did not witness it. Read the rest »
For adventure and thrill seekers, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) are often a fun and exciting means of transport to explore Nebraska. However, without proper training and safety equipment, an exhilarating ride on an ATV can quickly end disastrously and result in serious, life-threatening injuries. With fatal ATV accidents surfacing in the news, public officials remind riders to practice safety at all times and brush up on some ATV safety guidelines that can save your life. A spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states people should be concerned whenever individuals are in an open riding vehicle “that goes beyond the normal rate of human speed.”
The following are a few ATV safety tips from the CPSC: Read the rest »
All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riding is a popular summer pastime. While ATVs are fun and exciting, there is a high risk of injury and even death when using them. According to data provided by atvsafety.gov, between 1982 and 2009, there have been approximately 101 reported deaths from ATV accidents in Nebraska. Between 1982 and 2006, 26 Nebraska children under the age of 16 died in ATV incidents.
Atvsafety.gov provides safety recommendations to help riders avoid accidents and injury:
First, riders should always get trained on how to properly and safely operate an ATV. The website has links to ATV training courses in each state, many of which are free or subsidized. Read the rest »