Winters ATV Fatal Accident Kills Two Teenagers

Accident Near Margaret Lane Occurs When ATV Exits the Roadway

A fatal accident near Winters in Solano County occurred on June 9 and claimed the lives of two teenagers when their quad ATV exited the roadway and struck a tree. The fatal accident occurred near Margaret and Holes Lane around 4:15 in the afternoon. Three teenagers were riding on the ATV when the accident occurred and were all ejected in the collision, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The third teenager involved in the ATV accident suffered minor injuries. The CHP is investigating the accident to determine how it occurred. 

Causes of a Fatal Accident Involving an ATV

All-terrain vehicles can be dangerous, and accidents are common and are usually attributed to driver error. Common causes of a fatal accident involving an ATV include:

  • ATVs are meant to be ridden only off-road. They are not designed for paved areas.
  • Since the majority of ATVs are meant to carry only one person, riding with others as passengers can end up causing a fatal accident.
  • Operating an ATV in an unfamiliar area can lead to an accident because the terrain may hold hidden dangers that are not discovered until it is too late.
  • Inexperienced ATV drivers can cause a fatal accident since they have not received any training.
  • Underage riders without adult supervision may take risks that can lead to an accident.

Mechanical Problems Can Lead to a Fatal Accident in an ATV

An ATV may contain a dangerous or defective part that can lead to a fatal accident. Keeping up with recalls is one way to keep your loved ones safe. Some of the recalls of ATVs in 2022 posted by Consumer Affairs include:

  • Yamaha recently recalled their Wolverine RMX because of the danger of explosion or fire due to damaged fuel tanks.
  • Polaris recalled their RZR due to a battery cable being positioned too close to the crankshaft, which could lead to a fire.
  • EGL Motor recalled around 500 youth ATVs in March 2022 because they did not comply with federal standards with dangers such as higher speeds that are not allowed, defective parking brakes, and laceration hazards.
  • Honda recalled around 32,000 of their Talon ROVs due to the danger of sudden engine failure, which could make the rider lose control.

Wrongful Death in an Accident

Nothing is worse than losing one of your children in a fatal accident that never had to happen. Our injury lawyers at sympathize with your loss and can offer you a free, no-obligation consultation on whether you can place a wrongful death claim. Although it will not alleviate your pain and grief, it can help bring the family justice and assist them with the financial aspects of that loss.

Investigating an ATV Accident

Our investigators are experienced in finding the cause of a deadly accident, whether it is operator error or a mechanical defect that led to the fatal collision. For this reason, it is important to retain the vehicle. If a defect is found that caused the death of your loved one, the manufacturer and others in the production line can be held legally responsible by filing a product liability claim. 

Winters Wrongful Death Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Winters wrongful death lawyer. Please feel free to call our injury lawyers for compassionate, free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or through our toll-free number at (800) 404-5400. We also offer an online contact form. We can arrange a free consultation, either virtually or in-person, to review your case, answer any questions you might have, and tell you about opportunities to recover the compensation that you deserve.

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