ATV Rider Suffers Major Injuries in Colusa Accident

Rider Transferred to UC Davis Hospital

An ATV rider suffered significant injuries in Colusa, near Arbuckle, in a collision with a sedan on September 22. The crash occurred on Hall Street between 4th and 5th Streets around 5:49 in the afternoon. At least one person was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with significant injuries, according to the accident report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). An investigation is being undertaken by the CHP traffic crash unit to place fault and determine why the accident occurred. 

Riding an All-Terrain Vehicle

All-terrain vehicles are designed to be ridden off-road on softer surfaces. It is illegal for an ATV rider to ride along highways, paved streets, or asphalt. This is because the tires on an ATV are not designed for hard surfaces. In contact with a hard surface, the vehicle’s tires can grip too vigorously, causing it to roll over. However, there are exceptions to this rule, which include:

  • An ATV may cross a street during daylight hours if it has a traffic light if it has been designated for that use.
  • The ATV may cross a street that is wider than a two-lane if it has been designated.
  • Two-lane roads may be crossed but not ridden on. 

However, ATVs are often recalled because of manufacturing problems or defects. Having the vehicle inspected after an injury crash can determine whether the ATV rider was injured due to a defect or manufacturing problem. If so, a product liability claim may be placed, with the help of an accident attorney, against the designer of the defective part, manufacturer, and others.

Traffic Safety and Major Injuries

Drivers of motor vehicles must always use caution to avoid causing an accident. Because an ATV has a lower profile and usually carries a rider who is unprotected, a collision with one can be disastrous. Common types of negligence that could result in an ATV rider being injured include:

  • Drunk drivers endanger everyone on the roadway. An intoxicated driver might not notice an ATV rider crossing the street, which could result in a collision.
  • Distracted drivers may chat on their cell phones, text, change a radio station, or just talk with passengers. Those few seconds are enough to cause a severe crash.
  • Fatigued drivers often don’t realize they are too tired to be at the wheel of a car, and their reactions are similar to those of someone who has been drinking.
  • Speeders are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. 
  • Red light or stop sign runners are often speeding, which can lead to the injury of an ATV rider.

Compensation for Personal Injuries

If someone injures you through their own negligence, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation. You can recover damages for your pain and suffering, your medical expenses from the accident, and your lost wages due to your inability to work. Being injured is bad enough. People or entities responsible for causing those injuries should be responsible for paying for them. 

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