Virginia Beach Police Officer is Injured in ATV Accident

All terrain vehicles continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. I was concerned to read a Virginia Beach police officer sustained injuries in an ATV accident on Friday.

A report on stated that shortly before 6 p.m. a Virginia Beach police officer was responding to service call while he was driving a marked police ATV.

The officer was traveling north on the beach near 40th Street and Boardwalk when he hit something on the beach and was thrown from his ATV.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for multiple injuries. The injuries sustained were reported to be non-life-threatening.

WAVY reported the officer was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

We have previously written about some of the dangers posed by ATV’s which lack stability and protection.

Recently, singer Britney Spears’ eight-year-old niece was seriously injured in an ATV accident.

Fortunately, Jamie Lynn Spears' 8-year-old daughter, Maddie, was reported to be recovering after a  terrifying ATV accident on Sunday.

Maddie was pictured sitting in a helicopter on Friday. Reports stated Maddie was steering an ATV to avoid a drainage ditch near a pond on the family’s property in Louisiana when she "overcorrected,”

The ATV went into a pond and became submerged. The eight-year-old was trapped by the seatbelt and the ATV's safety netting. Ambulance crews rescued her from the freezing water.

I was relieved to read about this child’s recovery. Sadly, ATVs claim hundreds of lives every year and children are particularly vulnerable. A report on highlights some alarming statistics related to ATVs, including:

  • ATVs injure 135,000 people every year
  • More than 700 people are killed in these accidents every year.
  • About a third of those who are killed in ATV accidents each year are under the age of 16.

Many of these accidents could have been avoided if correct safety advice was followed.

A recent court ruling in Virginia means it’s easier to make a claim for injuries than it used to be of you end up hurt in an ATV wreck.

The victim was a passenger on an ATV that hit another ATV.  The injured person claimed both operators were negligent in causing her brain injury that resulted in more than $500,000 in medical bills.  Claims by the insurance company that an ATV is not a motor vehicle under the policy were rejected.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an ATV accident, please call us today at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Bill O'Mara

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