ATV Safety

By: Angelica Alvarez
By: Angelica Alvarez

A 13-year-old is dead another critically injured both victims of an ATV accident. It's been just one week since two 13-year-old girls having fun on a four-wheeler sped out onto a highway and collided with an oncoming SUV, killing one of the girls and sending the other to the hospital.

Accidents like this could be more common this summer as more and more children are out of school.

Tractor and ATV salesmen Micky Davis said, "A lot of people don't realize how strong an ATV is. I mean, it can get away from you in a heartbeat before you know what's going on."

The owners of R&T Automotive say they see children and teens on four-wheelers all the time, and their business is located on a public road where four-wheelers are not even allowed.

Robyn Lombard, the owner of R&T Automotive, said, "I've seen several teens riding around at high rates of speed, no helmets, no use for stop signs or anything of that nature and on streets that small children play on."

Larger ATVs can go as fast as 50 miles an hour others as slow as a person can run. No matter what the speed of your four-wheeler drivers should always keep in mind they cannot compete with a car.

Davis said, "It's smaller than a car; it has absolutely no rollover protection. You have nothing but your helmet, and that's it, so if it’s a car versus an ATV the car's going to win."

Safety experts also say parents need to supervise their children when it comes to ATVs and keep the key with them at all times when they're not at home. The youngest age you can purchase a four-wheeler is 16, but they do sell smaller four-wheelers for younger children all ranging in size and speed.

As far as the 13-year-old who survived the ATV crash, all last week Trisha Stallnaker was listed in serious condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.


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