An 8 year old Oklahoma girl suffered fatal injuries in a utility vehicle crash on Sunday. The accident took place in Amber, Oklahoma. The girl was riding a 2018 Polaris Ranger UTV when the accident occurred. As she attempted to maneuver into a turn, the vehicle rolled, trapping her underneath. Paramedics quickly came to the girl’s aid, transporting her to a local hospital. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they were unable to save the girl’s life. The UTV accident took place on private property. There were no other vehicles or people affected by the accident. At this time, authorities have not released any further information.
Utility Vehicle Crash
Utility vehicles are designed for use off of traditional roadways, on farms, dirt roads, woods and other types of rough terrain. They do not have the acceleration of a traditional vehicle. However, this does not mean that they come without serious safety risks. Utility vehicles are heavy pieces of equipment, made of steel, aluminum or other types of metal. They do not have the full frame of a traditional car. Therefore, they offer the driver less protection in the event of a crash. Utility vehicles can be prone to rollover crashes such as the one in this instance.
There are many factors which may lead to a utility vehicle crash, including excessive speed, poor weather conditions, off road hazards and inexperienced drivers. Typically, a license is not required to operate an off road vehicle. In the tragic case from this weekend, it is likely that the 8 year old little girl was simply inexperienced and unable to appreciate the dangers of operating such a powerful machine.
At the McGuire Law Firm, our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the girl killed in this tragic accident. We are here to help accident victims in their times of need. If we can help you, please call us at 888-352-0624 to discuss your case with us today.