A Baker County deputy and his girlfriend were riding their all-terrain vehicle (ATV) last Sunday night when they went off the road and hit a tree in the Osceola National Forest.
According to a report, they lost control of the ATV when one of the wheels went in a ditch. The Yamaha drifted into a tree, ejecting both the Deputy and his girlfriend, who both suffered head injuries and were airlifted to Shands- Jacksonville Medical Center. The woman was listed in critical condition for her personal injuries in Florida. Neither individual was wearing a helmet. Alcohol was not a factor in this crash.
The injured woman has since had to endure surgery to relieve pressure on the brain from a blood clot. She had her spleen removed but was able to move her toes and fingers, always a concern in a neck and head injury. She is also on a special ventilator reportedly brought in from Orlando.
Our condolences go out to both families with wishes that they pull through this ATV auto accident in Florida.State law says that helmets on ATVs are optional in Florida and in a rural area like Baker County, many riders fail to wear any safety gear. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that statewide there were at least 30 more crashes involving ATVs in 2007 than the previous year. Figures for 2008 have not yet been released.
Although we don’t know whether this Yamaha ATV was a Rhino design, if it was, it has a reputation as a dangerous and defectively designed vehicle. With a high center of gravity and small wheels, the Rhino can rollover easily resulting in serious injury. These are so unstable they can even role on a flat surface.
If you have been seriously injured in a defective ATV, you may need to consult with Florida’s experienced auto accident attorneys at Farah and Farah who can explain auto product liability law and design defects to you. We offer confidential and free case evaluations. Contact us today.