On the evening of Sunday, October 10th, 51-year-old Roger Valentine was driving his Yamaha Rhino along a dry canal in Parlier, California. In an attempt to avoid a utility pole, he made an abrupt turn, which caused the vehicle to crash into the canal and overturn. Valentine was pronounced dead at the scene of the ATV accident, and his 14-year-old passenger suffered a broken leg. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, explains a California ATV accident attorney.
Between 1985 and 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received 9,363 reports of ATV-related deaths and 2,086,700 injuries that required emergency room treatment. In March 2009, the CPSC and Yamaha Motor Corporation released a statement advising consumers to stop using the Rhino 450, 660, and 700 model off-highway recreational vehicles until the company could address safety issues with the vehicles through repair. Prior to the warning, the CPSC had investigated over 50 incidents involving the said models, including 46 driver and passenger deaths, more than two-thirds of which involved rollovers and unrestrained occupants.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Roger Valentine. They would also like to wish the passenger injured in the Parlier ATV accident a full recovery.
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