A pair of brothers from Marine, Illinois were hurt in an ATV versus pickup truck collision.
The boys, aged 5 and 6, were riding the all terrain vehicle down a road to their grandmother’s house when a truck hit them. Fortunately, their injuries did not appear to be catastrophic.
According to an article in the Telegraph, their mother and grandmother witnessed the accident, and the boys were taken to a hospital by ambulance. The driver claimed the boys pulled out of a driveway just as she was approaching, and the grandmother warned them not to drive out into the street.
The news story concluded with a message from the Madison County Sheriffs’ Department cautioning parents about child ATV safety and noted that criminal charges were being considered. The article, however, does not present the mother’s side of the story or indicate whether the charges would have been negligence on the part of the parents or the driver.
An ATV safety government site reports that 46 ATV-related deaths were reported in the state of Illinois between 2006 and 2009. From 1982 to 2006, 58 children under the age of 16 died in ATV wrecks in Illinois, which averages out to a figure between 2 and 3 children each year.
Michael P. Glisson and Thomas O. Falb are experienced in handling personal injury cases involving ATVs. These attorneys from the law office of WWF&G in Alton, Illinois understand the fear in a parent’s heart when his or her child has been injured in an accident, whether it be on an ATV, in a hospital, in a car, at a friend’s house, or in school.
The attorneys are prepared to offer you a free consultation to discuss your case and determine whether a recovery can be made and medical expenses reimbursed. It’s possible the accident may have been caused by an act of negligence or product liability. If you or a family member has been injured in an ATV accident, contact us today.