All-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs or four-wheelers can be a fun way to spend an afternoon. However, these vehicles are much like motorcycles in that they provide little in the way of protection for their drivers and passengers. They are also not necessarily meant to be driven on roadways and many states prohibit this, but people still drive them alongside other vehicles.
Between 1982 and 2018, there were 15,744 ATV-related fatalities reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Of these, 3,353 of those deaths were children who were under 16 years of age, representing 21% of all ATV-related fatalities. In the most recent year where reporting was considered complete, 2016, 11% of ATV-related accident fatalities were under 16. The majority of those were under the age of 12.
The Lutz, Florida Patch reports that a seven-year-old boy was killed, and five others were injured in an ATV accident.
The crash occurred just after 8 p.m. on Saturday in Dade City.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a Kawasaki TERYX4 was being driven by a 7-year-old when it overturned in a grassy field on Powerline Road.
The seven-year-old died at an area hospital. A 2-year-old girl sustained serious injuries in the accident.
Additionally, a 27-year-old male, two 34-year-old men, and a 4-year-old girl were injured. Their injuries were minor.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, no one on the ATV was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.