A 25-year-old Jacksonville man died late Tuesday night in an ATV crash in Clay County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said the man and a 21-year-old Middleburg man were riding an ATV south on Beecher Lane in Orange Park when the vehicle flipped at Crossing Boulevard.
Both men were thrown from the ATV, and the 25-year-old died at the scene from his injuries, troopers said.
The other man on the ATV was seriously injured and was taken to Orange Park Medical Center, troopers said.
It’s unclear which of the men was driving the ATV at the time or why the vehicle overturned.
Charges could be issued pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the report.
Troopers said neither man was wearing a helmet.
ATV’s can now exceed speeds of 60 mph, so they can be extremely dangerous when not operated carefully or correctly. When racing up steep hills or turning at high speeds, ATVs have a tendency to roll over. These vehicles lack the protection of walls or a roof, so drivers can easily be crushed underneath the rolling vehicle.
If you or your loved one has been involved in an ATV accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Usually, these collisions are the result of poor weather conditions or human error, but sometimes they can happen because of manufacturing flaws.
For more information about how to pursue your legal rights, our Florida ATV Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.