Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter, Maddie, 8, is reportedly in critical condition after an ATV accident Sunday.
According to a report by TMZ, the girl was underwater for over two minutes after the ATV she was riding flipped over.
Maddie is the niece of pop superstar Britney Spears, whose sister, Jamie Lynn, made headlines in 2007 after announcing her pregnancy at 16.
Maddie’s grandfather, Jamie Spears, spoke to E! News Sunday, urging the public to keep his granddaughter in their prayers.
“All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie,” he says.
Sources in the Kentwood, La., area say she was riding a Polaris ATV while on a hunting expedition. According to reports, Jamie Lynn was not with her daughter at the time of the accident.
Maddie was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where she remains in critical but stable condition.
Kids and ATV Accidents
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs as they are commonly known, are responsible for a staggering number of injuries and deaths in the United States. According to the Mayo Clinic, there were an estimated 99,600 ATV-related, emergency room treated injuries across the U.S. in 2013 alone.
Of those accidents, 25% of the injured were under the age of 16. In fact, for the first time in history, more children are likely to require hospitalization or to die due to an ATV accident than due to a bicycle accident.
Although helmets can reduce the risk of fatal head injury by 42 percent and the risk of nonfatal head injury by as much as 64 percent, head trauma is the number one injury suffered following an ATV Accident.
Spinal cord, thoracic and abdominal injuries are also common. Since these vehicles have a high center of gravity, rollover crashes are a frequent occurrence, and injuries like fractures to the ribs or limbs are also very common.
It’s important to note that in many cases, the ATV is either a rental or belongs to someone other than the child’s parents. Additionally, the rider is often uninformed or not briefed on safety prior to the accident.
Missouri ATV Crashes
If your child has been injured in an ATV accident, it is important to at least talk to an attorney about your options.
We often hear that the driver of an ATV is a friend or family member, so the parents of the child are uncomfortable talking to attorneys. Keep in mind that we are never out to ruin relationships. ATV accidents are notoriously complex and will take a skilled attorney to look down every possible avenue of compensation to help with medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our personal injury attorneys at 314-444-4444.