Dangers and Risks of ATVs to Children and Adults Alike – Two Fatal Accidents Reported in Levy County, Florida

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In Florida, ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) are popular with children, teens, and adults. Florida has good weather year round and many locations where a rider can take an ATV for fun and adventure. Unfortunately, many children and adults are injured every year while operating or riding on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

In Levy County, Florida, two fatal ATV related accidents were reported. One involved a 12 year old girl – Cheyenne Ellis – from Trenton, Florida. She was operating a Yamaha Rhino ATV at the Gulf Hammock Hunt Club. A 5 year old boy – Brody Ellis from Cedar Key, Florida, was a passenger on the ATV. It was reported that Cheyenne lost control of the ATV, she was ejected, and then the ATV landed on her. Tragically, Cheyenne died as a result of the ATV related injuries. The boy suffered personal injuries as well. He was taken to Shands – University of Florida – and treated for his injuries.

In an unrelated ATV incident in Levy County as well, Lucas Benjamin Corbitt was operating a Yamaha ATV that hit an embankment and overturned the ATV. As a result of this ATV accident, Mr. Corbitt died. See Two Fatal Accidents Reported in Levy County, Florida.

While it is not realistic to prevent every single ATV accident or Automobile Accident, all operators, owners of ATVs, and parents should do their best to put in place limitations and safety precautions when ATVs are in place. It is helpful to have the operator trained in the use of the ATV. Helmets and other safety precautions should be required to operate the ATV. Only certain areas or courses should be used.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Damages / Compensation, Medical Treatment / Medical Care, and other topics. When there is an injury involving an ATV (All Terrain Accident) with child injuries, there are often many issues and questions that a parent must deal with. The book will answer many of these questions. For a free copy of this book, see The ABCs of Child Injury.