A man was killed near Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas following an ATV crash, according to recent reports. When police arrived at Goldfield Street and Sergeant Jordan Avenue in response to reports of an accident, they found an ATV in a drainage ditch with the rider lying close by. The rider was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries and died a short time later.
Investigating officers believe that the rider was traveling at a high rate of speed when he attempted to make a left turn onto Sergeant Jordan Avenue from Goldfield Street. The rider apparently lost control and plummeted 12 feet into the ditch. His identity is being withheld by the Clark County Coroner’s Office at present.
The Risks of ATVs on the Road
According to ATVSafety.gov, operating an all-terrain vehicle on a paved road can be very dangerous. ATVs are difficult to control on paved roads because of their design. In addition, collisions with cars can be deadly. In fact, many fatalities involving ATVs occur on paved roads as opposed to off-road, where they are designed to be used.
According to a 2013 study which investigated the risks of ATV accidents on the road versus accidents that occurred off-road, even the use of safety equipment was not enough to prevent injury to victims in certain on-road crashes. Use of safety helmets reduced the risk of deadly or serious head injury for all riders, but on-road crash victims suffered more major trauma and severe brain injuries than those involved in off-road crashes.
Most states do not allow those without a driver’s license to operate ATVs. Each state chooses its own requirements, with no nationwide rule to govern ATV use on the roads. In Nevada, for example, ATV operators are required to have a license and a certificate for operating ATVs on highways. Nevada state law also requires the use of a helmet and/or eye protection while riding an ATV on a highway.
The Realities of an ATV Crash
No matter how an ATV crash occurs, the victim may need medical care and may be unable to work for some time due to injuries. The risk of injury if involved in a collision while riding an ATV is high, so most victims incur expenses. If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas, Nevada. With years of experience fighting for the rights of injured clients, the team at Bernstein & Poisson has the knowledge and skill to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.