Naples ATV Accident Highlights Risks of Off-Road Vehicles

by Carmen Dellutri on August 2, 2012

Naples accident lawyerEarlier this summer, a Naples ATV accident claimed the life of an eleven-year-old girl. This tragic accident highlights the risks associated with these popular off-road vehicles.

According to authorities, Karla Marie Ortiz was driving the ATV on an unpaved road, when it lost control and rolled over. She was thrown from the ATV and later died from her injuries. Although Florida law requires anyone under 16 to wear a helmet, Ortiz was not wearing one at the time of the ATV accident.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case; ATV accidents are on the rise in Florida and across the country. According to a recent study, there were approximately 1,117,000 emergency room visits and 495 deaths due to ATV injuries nationwide in 2001, increases of 211% and 159% respectively over 1993.

In addition, statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show from 1982 to 2006 105 Florida children under the age of 16 died from ATV deaths. Most were not wearing helmets.

These startling figures highlight the need for additional efforts to improve ATV stability, increase helmet use, and train riders to safety operate these vehicles.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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