According to local news reports, our area saw two people who were injured after an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) crash last week. Two adults were riding an ATV on a street in Houtzdale when they didn't stop at a blinking red light. They were subsequently hit by a pickup trip, and were flown to our hometown hospital, UPMC Altoona, for care. The driver of the ATV is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while driving. Both the STV driver and his passenger are said to have serious injuries.
ATV use can be extremely dangerous in certain situations. It goes without saying tat NO ONE should be driving any kind of vehicle after consuming alcohol. Additionally, children appear to be the most susceptible to ATV-related accidents, and account for a large portion of ATV injuries and deaths. Children under the age of 12 may be especially at risk for harm. Please exercise caution when riding your ATV, wear a helmet, and remain at a safe speed. Also, do not ride your ATV when the weather or trail conditions suggest a heightened risk for injury.
ATVs, dirt bikes, and other off-road vehicles are a leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians, especially among our state's youth. Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles. For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his law firm at 814-946-4100.