Erlanger issues warning to keep ATV riders safe this July 4
Four people involved in ATV accidents were flown to Erlanger over the weekend.
Between Friday, June 29 and Sunday, July 1, LIFE FORCE ambulance crews took two adults and two children who suffered from "traumatic head injuries" to the hospital. One of the four died from his injuries.
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“Most of the time, when we transport these victims from ATV accidents, they typically suffer from head, chest/abdominal and orthopedic trauma with head, chest and abdominal injuries being the most severe,” Stacy Prater, Flight Paramedic with LIFE FORCE, said.
Erlanger wants to remind everyone to be careful using ATVs on July 4.
“We see a lot of patients who don’t wear the proper protective equipment and clothing, including helmets, while riding their ATV’s,” Stacy Prater, Flight Paramedic with LIFE FORCE, said.
Erlanger is advising ATV enthusiasts to:
- Always wear a DOT approved helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over the ankle boots and gloves.
- Supervise riders younger than 16 years of age. ATVs are not toys and can be extremely dangerous.