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Updated April 26, 2020
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)—also known as quad bikes, three- and four-wheelers, or quadricycles—are designed to traverse various types of terrain, as suggested by their name. ATV drivers are not required to wear helmets, but they are recommended as a safety precaution.
A 35-year-old man suffered serious head trauma and other injuries after an ATV crash in Vincennes, Indiana. The Brownsville, Texas resident was apparently traveling near 60 mph when he lost control of a Suzuki ATV and smashed into a pole on June 11, 2015. No one else was injured in the accident.
Emergency responders came to the scene, near the soccer fields on South 6th Street, and stabilized the man before taking him to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. A helicopter later took him to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, Indiana for further treatment.
The man was reportedly not wearing a helmet or other protective gear.
In 2017, an Indiana law concerning helmet requirements for off-road vehicles went into effect.
According to state law, people younger than 18 years of age who are operating or riding on an off-road vehicle must wear a helmet (Indiana Code 9-18.1-14-11). Helmets must meet the standards set by the United States Department of Transportation.
Additionally, any adult who allows someone younger than 18 to ride or drive an ATV or other off-road vehicle without a helmet is also in violation of Indiana law.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an ATV or other automobile accident, you are urged to contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. An Indianapolis car accident lawyer from WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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