• May 26, 2017

Erin Dunkan, Lawrence Richey Killed in ATV Accident in Bremen, AL

Bremen, AL -- Saturday, May 20, 2017: An ATV incident in the area of Bremen, Alabama claimed the lives of 22-year-old Erin Dunkan and 34-year-old Lawrence Richey.

The incident took place at The Stony Lonesome OHV park.

It's unclear what took place, but officials say the park is designed for the recreational use of All Terrain Vehicles. One of the victims was killed at the scene of the incident, while the second victim died en route to the hospital.

The exact cause of the incident had yet to be determined at the time of the report.

map of the area

Commentary

Whenever we hear about ATV crashes the tendency is to blame the operator of the vehicle. Unfortunately, this is often the case with recreational vehicles. But, that doesn't preclude other potential scenarios in this incident. However, without a deeper investigation, potential scenarios are speculative.

One potential scenario might be the property owner failed to provide an adequately safe environment for the riders. We've seen examples in the past of ATV parks allowing too many riders on a vehicle, allowing riders to take out faulty equipment, and even failing to safely upkeep the property.

Another scenario might be the ATV was inherently faulty due to a manufacturing defect. One such example would be the Yamaha Rhino. This side-by-side ATV would flip over, often injuring the occupants, simply by turning the wheel at speed.

Again, these possibilities are speculation. Without knowing the outcome of a more thorough investigation, there's no way to make a reasonable determination based solely upon the sparse details of the media report.

--Grossman Law Offices

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