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Boy’s Tragic Death Highlights Deadly Consequences of OK ATV Accidents

An 11-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident last week in southern Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP). The young age of the accident victim and the severe injuries he sustained in the wreck bring attention to the importance of safety when it comes to operating any type of motor …

An 11-year-old boy was killed in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident last week in southern Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP). The young age of the accident victim and the severe injuries he sustained in the wreck bring attention to the importance of safety when it comes to operating any type of motor vehicle – car, motorcycle or four-wheeler. Our personal injury attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center urge ATV riders of all ages to use proper caution when behind the wheel, including wearing a helmet, to reduce the risk of devastating injuries to themselves and others. If you have been injured in an ATV accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in an accident allegedly caused by another person’s negligence, contact our experienced attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center to discuss your options for legal recourse.

11-Year-Old Succumbs to ATV Accident Injuries

According to the OHP report, Colton Chreene, 11, was operating an ATV on the evening of March 11, when he made a left turn into a ravine and crashed his vehicle. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Bryan County EMS responded to the scene of the Oklahoma ATV accident, which occurred around 8:45 p.m. on private property in Utica, a community southeast of Durant, Oklahoma. Authorities say a chopper was initially called in for Chreene, but was later canceled. The boy was instead transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma (MCSO) in Durant, where he was pronounced dead an hour later from severe head and neck injuries. A preliminary report indicates that Chreene was not wearing a helmet at the time of the fatal accident and that speed likely played a role in the wreck.

Consult Our Experienced Lawyers for Legal Help

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ATV accident injury rates in children and adolescents were alarming back when the vehicles were first introduced in the early 1970s. Unfortunately, the rate of injuries and deaths resulting from ATV accidents has only climbed in recent years, and a CPSC report in 2002 revealed 5,239 fatalities attributed to ATVs between 1982 and 2002, one-third of which involved children under the age of 16. If you have suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident in Oklahoma City, or elsewhere in Oklahoma, consult our reputable lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center as soon as possible. Our law firm is located in Oklahoma City, and our personal injury attorneys have years of experience helping ATV accident victims seek fair and timely reimbursement for their injuries and medical expenses.

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