This has been a sad week for the family of a 6-year-old boy that was killed in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash in East Baton Rouge Parish. The driver of an all-terrain vehicle lost control killing Kohen Kleinpeter and injuring another child. The accident is still being investigated.
ATVs are defined as automobiles that have low pressure tires, a seat that is straddled by the driver and uses handlebars for steering. In most other states, ATVs are not street legal.
How Common Are ATV Fatalities in Louisiana?
According to statistics released in 2013 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Louisiana saw 262 fatal ATV accidents from 1982 through 2011. Almost 38 percent of those killed in ATV accidents in Louisiana have been children. Children can be injured or killed when they ride as passengers, when they attempt to drive the vehicle themselves or if an ATV that has lost control or flipped over, hits them.
Why Do ATV Accidents Happen?
ATVs are often oversized and have a high center of gravity. Additionally, they use wheels that are very different from the wheels of other automobiles. All of these factors increase the risk of the vehicle rolling over or losing control. ATV drivers are also known to be thrown from their vehicles.
Serious injuries that can lead to deaths in ATV crashes include traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, paralysis and severe bone fractures.
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