Two 9-year-old brothers died after an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash in Linn County, Iowa, reported ABC News (8.4.14).
The twins, Colton Wayne Novak and Clayton Alan Novak, may either have been thrown from the ATV or pinned underneath it. The ATV was lying in a creek in a pasture area on private property. The creek banks were steep.
The boys died at the hospital.
The fatal crash was the second in the past three days involving young boys on utility vehicles, reported ABC News. Four teenagers died when a truck crashed into their John Deere Gator utility vehicle.
The details of the crash were unreported, including what the boys were doing on the ATV or even if both boys were riding on the ATV at the time of the accident.
ATVs are frequently involved in accidents leading to serious injury. Many people have died in ATV accidents, including children. Nearly one-quarter of all ATV accidents result in head or neck injuries. While mistakes made by riders can sometimes be the cause of accidents, mechanical failures and design flaws may also contribute to them.
Collisions and rollovers are two common types of ATV accidents. Both of these can be caused by defective or poorly designed ATVs. When an ATV hits another vehicle or object, it may be due to a mechanical defect, such as defective brakes or steering. Rollover can also be caused by mechanical failure or by poorly designed vehicles that do not respond properly to changes in incline or speed. If the ATV malfunctions mechanically and it is due to a manufacturing defect, then the manufacturer could be held liable for the accident.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ATV Safety Information Center reported that there were 353 ATV-related deaths in 2012, the latest year available. Of that number, 54 of the people who died were children under age 16. In 2011, 554 people died and 73 of those individuals were kids under age 16. New York State was one of the top 10 states where people died on ATVs between 1982 and 2008, according to the CPSC.
The ABC News story cited is “Two Boys Die In ATV Accident Near Mount Vernon.”