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Auto wreck involving SUV and ATV kills 18-year-old passenger

Anybody whose vehicle breaks down on the side of a North Dakota road may be extremely vulnerable. This was underscored on a recent Saturday when a passenger on an ATV was killed in an auto wreck along a road in Rolette County. The driver of the ATV was injured, but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

According to a report by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. not far from St. John. Reportedly, a rider and passenger of an ATV were on the edge of the road where their vehicle had broken down. Along with them was another man who had come to help them. He had hooked up the broken ATV to his own ATV in order to tow it.

Authorities say this was when a driver of an SUV smashed into the disabled ATV. The 18-year-old passenger was killed by the impact of the crash. The drivers of the second ATV and the SUV were both uninjured.

When a North Dakota family loses a loved one in an auto wreck, they will not only have to deal with the heartache but likely also the financial consequences. If the fatality resulted from another party's negligence, the family would typically have grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide the necessary guidance and support in the pursuit of recovery of damages. The lawyer can assist with establishing negligence in court -- upon which personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are usually based -- and help with documenting all financial and emotional damages sustained.

Source:, "Victim of fatal all-terrain vehicle crash identified", Sept. 11, 2017

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