Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 9:26 pm
On the evening of Tuesday, June 4, 2019, one teenager was killed and two others were injured in an ATV accident that occurred in La Feria, Texas.
According to initial reports, Victor Fuentes, 17, was driving an ATV near U.S. Route 281 and Cobarrubias Road at a high rate of speed when all of a sudden, he crashed the vehicle into a drainage ditch. The impact of this crash caused the ATV to be lifted off the ground, and Fuentes and his two passengers, 14-year-old Nestor Vasquez and 15-year-old Marivella Villareal, were ejected several feet in the air. They landed 99 feet away from the ATV.
When EMS arrived, Vasquez was not responding, and he was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, Fuentes and Villareal were transported to a hospital for treatment.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Nestor Vasquez. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are small, single- or dual-person vehicles that are used for recreational purposes on off-road courses or areas of wider land. They are not legal to be used on the streets in the United States, but people still do use them, and so accidents involving this kind of vehicle happen. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATVs were responsible for 125,500 injuries and 621 deaths in 2003. The number of injuries rose to 146,000 in 2006 and to 150,900 in 2007.
Statistics also show that one-third of all ATV-related fatalities reported and recorded between 1982 and 2002 were riders under the age of 16.
Car accidents, especially those involving ATVs, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/ATV accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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