Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin ATV Fatality Summary - Year 2008

Updated through October 6, 2008

# Date/Time Location Type & Cause of Incident / Fatality Age / Sex BAC / Residency Helmet WI Safety Certified
1. 05/22/08 Town of Turtle Lake Rollover 30 .102 No No
  9:00PM Barron County (Route) Struck deer/Head trauma/Alcohol M WI    
The victim was traveling on a route when a deer ran across the road. The victim hit the deer causing the ATV to roll several times through the victim off the ATV.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
2. 06/10/08 Town of Lac du Flambeau Rollover 74 NA No No
  4:52PM Vilas County (Road, not a route) Speed / Pending M IL    
The victim was traveling down Hwy 47 towing a large trailer with grass clippings when he lost control of the ATV causing the ATV to roll. The victim came to rest under the ATV and trailer came to rest on top of the ATV.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
3. 06/21/08 Town of Lawrence Rollover 71 .012 No No
  1:24PM Rusk County (Public Rd./Route) Struck dog/ Speed/ Inattentive Operation/ Head Trauma/ Alcohol M WI    
The victim was traveling on a route when a dog came onto the roadway. The victim hit the dog then hit the brakes and turned the steering wheel which caused the ATV to flip over.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
4. 07/07/08 Town of Eureka Rollover 62 NA No No
  4:30PM Polk County (Public Road) Speed/Pending M WI    
It appears that the victim was traveling at a high rate of speed and turned the ATV hard to the left, possibly to avoid something in the roadway, causing the ATV to leave the roadway, ejecting the victim and rolling the ATV.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
5. 08/03/08 Town of Theresa Rollover 74 NA NA No
  Unknown Dodge County (Private Property) Pending M WI    
The victim was operating his ATV on a mowed trail and left the mowed portion on a hill causing the ATV to rollover twice.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
6. 08/11/08 Town of Goetz Collision with another ATV / Ejected 15 NA NA No
  12:09PM Chippewa County (Public Rd.) Ejected / Head & Neck Trauma F WI    
The victim was a passenger on an ATV that struck a stopped ATV then accelerated across the road onto the gravel at which time the victim was ejected from the ATV.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
7. 08/13/08 Village of Poynette Rollover 33 NA No No
  4:36AM Columbia County (Road) Alcohol/ Speed/ Pending M WI    
From the evidence at the scene, it appears that the victim was going in a clockwise direction in reverse gear at a high speed and rolled the ATV over on top of himself. Pending Investigation.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
8. 08/16/08 Town of Webb Lake Collision with moving motor vehicle 19 NA Yes Yes
  10:01AM Burnett County (Road, Route) Speed/ Limited Visibility/ Pending M MN    
The victim was traveling on a road/route when he collided with a truck heading in the opposite direction. Preliminary evidence at the scene suggests that the incident was most likely caused by the speed of the ATV and limited time and/or room to initiate evasive maneuvers. Pending Investigation.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
9. 08/23/08 Town of Knapp Collision with moving motor vehicle 60 NA No No
  4:10PM Jackson County (Road, not a route) Alcohol/ Pending F WI    
The victim was traveling on a dirt road that is not a route and had a head-on collision with a car. Alcohol use by the operator of the car is suspected. Operator of the car and his passenger were not injured. The 3 year old passenger of the ATV was injured and taken to the hospital. Under investigation by the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
10. 10/04/08 Town of Tripp Left trail / Collision with trees 47 NA Yes No
  10:50AM Bayfield County (ATV route) Pending F MN    
The victim was traveling on an ATV route when her right front tire caught the edge of the route and pulled the ATV down into a slight drop off along the route. The ATV hit a small group of trees coming to rest on its side. Investigation pending.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
11. 10/08/08 Town of Cylon Collision with train 31 NA No No
  5:43AM St. Croix County (RR Track) Illegal operation on RR tracks/Weather/Pending M WI    
The victim was illegally operating on the railroad tracks when a train traveling in the same direction rear-ended the ATV. The victim was ejected from the ATV. The weather was dark and very foggy.
# Date &
Time
Location & County Type & Cause of Incident/Fatality Age & Sex BAC & State Helmet
WI Safety
Certified
12. 12/26/08 Town of Uttica Collision with snow bank 16 NA No No
  1:55 PM Crawford County (Public Road) Speed M WI    
The victim hit a snow bank, causing him to lose control and become pinned under ATV.