At 6:18 pm Monday, Antioch Police responded to a report of a vehicle versus quad at Balboa Ct and Buchanan in the City of Antioch.
The roadway was still closed as of 7:00 pm as police are investigating the incident after both the driver of the vehicle and the quad sustained injuries. It was reported that one patient was transported to a local hospital.
No other information was available.
UPDATE per Antioch Police (8:28 pm)
Many of you may have seen slow traffic tonight, or weren’t able to go down Buchanan Rd. from Contra Loma Blvd. for a time. The reason for this, was a driver without a helmet on an ATV collided with another motorist as they attempted to turn onto Buchanan Rd. from a side street.
As you can see from the damage in the pictures, the collision caused substantial damage and the ATV driver was thrown from his vehicle and was unresponsive when the first officers on scene arrived. While he did suffer substantial injuries, we are happy to learn that he is expected to survive this incident.
Tonight alone, between 3pm-6pm, dispatch received eight separate complaints of ATV’s and dirt bikes alike driving recklessly all over the city prior to this collision In many of these instances, the riders aren’t wearing helmets and flee at high rates of speed if they see officers attempting to stop them. This not only puts other motorists at risk of being injured in a collision, but, as illustrated in this post, also puts the riders themselves at risk of significant injury.
Incidents like these are sobering reminders that everyone needs to drive with due caution and that all off-road vehicles are illegal on city streets. The Antioch Police Department takes public safety seriously, and will continue to enforce all traffic laws in order to keep us all as safe as possible.
Via Henshaw & Henry, PC,
Who Can Operate an ATV?
Many parents make the mistake of thinking that since ATVs are recreational vehicles, they are safe for children. This has led to thousands of serious child injuries and fatalities over the years. California Vehicle Code section 38304.1 states that on private property, parents and guardians cannot permit children younger than 14 years of age to operate ATVs or other off-road motor vehicles if the children cannot reach the controls of the vehicle.
Allowing a younger or shorter child to use an ATV could result in the parent or guardian’s liability for an accident. To operate an ATV on public lands, the driver must be at least 18 years old, unless he or she has completed ATV safety training, has a safety certificate or is under the supervision of an adult with a safety certificate. Drivers do not need licenses to operate ATVs. It is also not necessary to register ATVs, use license plates or purchase vehicle insurance.
Rules of the (Off) Road While ATVing
It is illegal to operate an ATV on highways in California. You may only operate an ATV off-highway. It is also unsafe to operate an ATV on asphalt or paved roads. Manufacturers do not design ATVs to drive on pavement. The tires can grip the hardtop with too much pressure, causing the ATV to flip. You or a loved one could suffer serious injuries in an ATV rollover accident. Always obey the rules in the owner’s manual when operating an ATV.
California’s ATV laws state that no one may operate an ATV at a speed that is unreasonable or not prudent for conditions. An ATV speed that is not prudent is one that puts the driver, passengers, or other people or property at risk of injuries or damages. It is also illegal to drive an ATV in a way that causes willful, wanton or unnecessary damage to wildlife, farmland or natural habitats.
If you are operating an ATV at night, it must at least contain one headlight and a red rear lamp. The headlight needs a white light that is clearly visible from at least 200 feet away. Every ATV must also have a lighted red taillight that is visible from the rear. You must make these lights visible no later than 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise