Amherstburg police believe a weekend ATV accident that led to injuries was caused by alcohol impairment.
Around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, two people were thrown off an ATV. The accident occurred near the 4900 block of the 4th concession.
According to police, a 41-year-old man was driving with a 38-year-old female passenger at the front of a group of ATVs. As the group drove through a farmers field, the ATV hit a ditch and the two riders were thrown off.
The man sustained serious injuries and remained at the hospital through Monday afternoon. The female passenger sustained minor injuries and was released from the hospital early on.
Charges may be pending, as alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Anyone with information on the accident should call the Amherstburg Police.
In June 2015, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that nine people had died in ATV accidents to date. Around the same time, the OPP urged off-road enthusiasts to wear helmets and to not drive an ATV while under the influence.
It is estimated that, on average, about 15 people a day go to the emergency room for ATV injuries. Injuries from an ATV crash that led to hospitalization increased by 57 percent between 1996 and 2004. The highest rate of ATV injuries are reported in Northern Ontario.
While these statistics may be startling, many people do not follow ATV rules of the road, and many people choose to ride while under the influence of alcohol. At Greg Monforton & Partners, we believe that all ATV riders should practice safe riding techniques and never use an ATV while under the influence.
If you or someone you love is hurt in an accident caused by a careless ATV driver, contact our law firm for a free consultation. We can help you determine your legal options and if you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.