As the warm days of summer begin, many California residents and tourists from other locales engage in more recreational activities. One such activity that many seem to enjoy is riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles. Unfortunately, however, riding on ATVs can often result in serious injuries or even death in the event of an accident. One such crash recently claimed the life of a 29-year-old woman in Sonoma County.
Details surrounding the accident are currently few. Authorities did reveal that the woman apparently went out riding an ATV just before 10 p.m. one recent evening. Friends became concerned about the woman's well-being after hours went by and she didn't return to her home. At that point, the worried friends went out in search of the woman and ultimately found her trapped beneath her ATV.
Emergency responders responded to the scene of the collision but it was too late to save the woman's life. California Highway Patrol personnel are still investigating the fatal accident and what contributing factors may exist. It is too soon to tell just what may have caused this particular woman's death, but an autopsy was scheduled for sometime in mid-June.
Some serious injuries caused by ATV accidents occur because of the negligence of other individuals, or due to defective products like the actual ATV itself or parts used in manufacturing. Whenever California residents can demonstrate that such negligence resulted in the death of a loved one, they are often able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek financial restitution. While money cannot return a loved one to life, it can help ease some of the economic damages incurred due to their unexpected loss.
Source: Napa Valley, CA Patch, "Calistoga Woman Dies in ATV Accident," JB Davis, June 8, 2013