A teenager from Santee was seriously injured in an off-road collision in Gordon’s Well. Though the accident happened last Thanksgiving, holiday weekends often have a spike in off-highway activities. The teen was riding a dirt bike when he was hit by a dune buggy, apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, and the driver did not stop after the crash. The teen was airlifted to a Loma Linda hospital, the closest children’s hospital. He suffered broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, a ruptured spleen, and lower spine injuries. His recovery is still ongoing as it took the young man two full months just to walk again.
Off-highway adventures are a fun and exciting activity for many people who are enjoying a holiday weekend. However, those who take part in such activities need to follow the rules and take proper safety precautions. Accidents with off-road vehicles occur and when they do, the consequences can be serious, as they were in this case. Fortunately, the victim survived the injuries, but still has a long way to go as he continues to face a long and expensive road to recovery.
There are a number of different vehicles that may be driven off-road. These include dirt bikes, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), dune buggies and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs). In this case, witnesses say that the vehicle that hit the teen on the dirt bike was a dune buggy.
Off-highway vehicle riding is particularly popular in remote desert areas such as Dune Buggy Flats. There are some important safety precautions that should be taken when riding off-road vehicles. According to recreation.gov, OHV safety should include wearing a helmet and gloves, wearing appropriate footwear, and riding only while sober.
They also advise bringing along tools and survival gear in case your vehicle breaks down. You should also have other safety devices such as a flashlight, map, radio, and cell phone. It is also best not to go off-roading alone. In this particular case, witnesses indicate that the driver of the dune buggy responsible for the crash may have been intoxicated.
How a San Diego Personal Injury Attorney can Help
Collisions such this one may result in severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Some injuries, such as head trauma and spinal injuries, may result in a lifelong disability. Victims of ATV crashes and their families may need to take legal action to obtain the money necessary to cover their immediate and ongoing care. A San Diego personal injury attorney will review the details of your case and help you recover the compensation you deserve. You may be entitled to money for medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, and future medical care. You may also be allowed to recover money for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and for legal fees.
If you were injured in an off-road accident do not delay. Contact the experienced legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to discuss your accident today.