Washington County - The first accident is a single-vehicle-single-ATV accident involving a 23-year-old man driving an ATV Polaris 850, southbound on Highway 1 at the 45 mile marker in Washington County. He’s from Kettering, OHIO. While driving on the west shoulder of Highway 1 the front rack came off from the unit, it struck the driver, the driver lost control and rolled the ATV. The driver was thrown and came to rest on the west shoulder. He was taken by Air Care to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. This accident occurred on October 30, 2016 at 9:38 PM. [RYAN DALE SCHULTZ] [1]

I have no idea how many ATV accident reports I’ve read in the past 35 years, too many would be the only way to describe my experience. This one was a 22-year-old woman by the name of Elizabeth from Kalona. What most ATV accidents focus on is the driver's behavior while driving. I suspect most folks believe drivers are wreckless and drive too fast. True? Maybe, but then again maybe it's just a falicy. No matter. What people need to understand is that this is the way they will be viewed by the insurance industry. And so when the adjuster comes poking around looking for a statement this is what they are likely trying to confirm. Which means you'd better be on your guard when giving a recorded statement. 

We handle ATV injury cases. Call if we can help you with your ATV injury case. ATV passengers are most likely to recover because they aren't driving and therefore have limited comparative fault, if any. 

Steve Lombardi
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Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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