Scott Allen Wolverton, 31, died in a San Diego County ATV crash after he lost control of his all-terrain vehicle on a private road, according to a 10news report. Wolverton was driving a 2004 Polaris Ranger off-road vehicle, west on Eagle Gap Road off Mesa Grande Road near State Route 76 when he failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of his ATV and drove over the edge of the road. The ATV rolled over and landed on top of Wolverton, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office. The ATV crash occurred the night of April 17, 2009. A passer by, who saw the personal injury accident apparently reported it to authorities.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Scott Allen Wolverton for their tragic loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Wolverton. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ATV accident statistics, there were 750 fatalities and 146,600 injuries relating to ATV crashes in the United States in 2006. Those numbers were only 517 and 110,000 in 2001. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of ATV accident deaths and injuries in just five years and that may be largely attributed to the increasing popularity of all-terrain and off-road vehicles, especially in California where we have year-round good weather.
We are also increasingly finding out about ATV product defects, especially design defects in ATVs that make them prone to rolling over and offering very little in terms of protection to its occupants in the event of a ATV crash. We’ve seen that a number of drivers and passengers, get hurt or even die in spite of wearing helmets or other safety gear. Some of these inherently unstable vehicles can also travel at a high rate of speed on rough terrain, increasing the chances of tipping over.
The family of Scott Allen Wolverton would be well-advised to consult a California ATV accident attorney well-versed in product defect cases, who will help determine whether this accident was caused by a product defect in the 2004 Polaris Ranger. Between the years 2000 and 2008, Polaris has issued 16 recalls for many of its ATV models for various product defects ranging from the engine overheating to loss of steering control, according to CPSC’s Web site. The best California product defect law firms will be able to have the vehicle examined for product defects, mechanical malfunction and other evidence. It is very important for Wolverton’s family to preserve the ATV in its crashed state unaltered, so it can be thoroughly examined for defects.