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.
Though there are a number of accidents that can cause injuries or death, ATV accidents in Nebraska can be especially dangerous and lead to serious and life-threatening injuries, such as fractured bones and head injuries. In 2011, 23 people were injured as a result of ATV accidents in the state, an increase from the 18 in 2010, and three people lost their lives. The numbers may seem small, but the loss of even one life in an ATV accident is tragic when following simple ATV safety tips, such as wearing a helmet, may have prevented the incident.
The ATV accident attorneys in Nebraska of Cullan & Cullan, LLC understand the severe dangers of ATV accidents and know that even the smallest mistakes may lead to a serious accident. If you have been injured in an ATV accident as the result of another person’s negligence, please contact a member of our legal team at (402) 397-7600 to discuss your legal rights and options.