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Antioch: Quad Rider Sustains Major Injuries After Collision With Vehicle

by ECT

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.

Editors Note:

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

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Nick Campbell May 10, 2021 - 11:42 pm

I’ve had to deal with these quad riders where they suddenly swerve right into you path making you hit the brakes. It’s usually kids riding those. Very dangerous and these people should be picked up, their vehicles confiscated and they should be dealt with by the police. I call 911 immediately when I see those hazards on the roads.

Becky Niles May 11, 2021 - 3:09 am

When I see these idiots dangerously interfering with the flow of traffic, I immediately call 911 and stay with the dispatcher as I follow the little turds to wherever they are trying to get away. I’ve had other drivers join me in following them until they are caught by the police.

LoveableCurmudgeon May 11, 2021 - 3:59 am

Uh oh…..maybe our esteemed council member should pay attention to this event, and instruct her little darlings that riding these things on the city streets is stupid and dangerous. But, then, that might be expecting something approaching common sense

Reckless May 11, 2021 - 6:56 am

I literally almost crashed into the driver of that ATV near deer Valley high school on sage brush. There was a group of kids on bikes all over the street. Smh.

Robert C. May 11, 2021 - 8:02 am

Unfortunately, there is no cure for stupidity and parental negligence.

Suckafree May 11, 2021 - 10:59 am

Good! That’s what those idiots deserve!

Enough is enough May 11, 2021 - 3:49 pm

I’m surprised we’re not reading about this in the news on a daily basis. I was nearly in a wreck with two kids on a dirt bike, a boy and girl, who flew right out of a side street onto Prewett Ranch, where I was driving. It really shook me up because had I been less than a second ahead, they would have crashed directly into the side of my car.

Renee DuPont May 12, 2021 - 12:21 am

Maybe that would have taught them a valuable lesson.

Andy May 11, 2021 - 11:48 pm

Best news is we will probably have to pay his medical expenses. Then we will have to pay his disability claim because now he cannot work. Then there will be some special need we will have to pay for, lifetime tutoring. Then we will all pay for the repair of the car because the parents will not have insurance. Then the parents will sue the city because the road was 1/2 inch too narrow. Then we will get hit for the police, fire and EMS response. Question is, will the police department hold the parents accountable?

Maybe Biden will read this post and give us a billion or two to cover it.

Melanie Majors May 12, 2021 - 1:28 pm

Why don’t I feel sorry for the idiot who rode that quad and sustained “major” injuries? Maybe that even finally got his attention!

Elaine Bond May 12, 2021 - 4:59 pm

That’s what happens to someone who violates the law about riding ATV’s on city streets. They wind up with major injuries. The logical consequences.

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