The accident happened around 5 p.m. when the driver of the ATV, a 14-year-old girl, lost control and crashed. The accident occurred near a railroad crossing on Scratch Hill Road.
The other three passengers, a one-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl and a nine-year-old girl, were all treated for injuries at Meyersdale Medical Center. Police reported that none of the children were wearing helmets at the time of the incident. No reports have been made on their current condition.
The ATV the children were on was a 2014 Polaris 500 Sportsman.
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An investigation into the accident is likely to occur. They will look to see if there was any negligence that may have caused the accident. This would include an error made by the driver or if the parents failed to supervise. Pennsylvania does allow children between the ages of 8-15 to operate an ATV if they are on their parent’s land or possess a safety training certificate.
Also, they will look into the ATV itself to see if there was a possible defect in the ATV that caused the driver to crash. Some ATVs may be poorly designed and prone to rollovers. In these cases, a product liability claim or personal injury claim may be filed.
If you or someone you know were injured in an ATV accident, contact the personal injury and product liability lawyers at Berger and Green.