Woods Cross is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,761 as of the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2018 of 11,328. Woods Cross is named after Daniel Wood, an early settler in the Utah Territory. Wood (October 16, 1800 – April 15, 1892) was a Mormon pioneer and a settler of the western United States. He was the son of Henry Wood and Elizabeth Demelt. He was born in Dutchess County, New York and died in Woods Cross. Woods Cross is in southeastern Davis County, bordered to the north by West Bountiful, to the east by Bountiful, and to the south by the City of North Salt Lake. According to the United States Census Bureau, Woods Cross has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.0 km2), all of it land. As of 2009 estimates, there were 8,888 people, 1,936 households, and 1,589 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,783.2 people per square mile (688.4/km²). There were 2,021 housing units at an average density of 561.4 per square mile (216.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.75% White, 0.44% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 2.55% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 5.72% of the population.
There were 1,936 households out of which 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.9% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32 and the average family size was 3.69. In the city, the population was spread out with 36.0% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $46,271, and the median income for a family was $51,778. Males had a median income of $35,958 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,508. About 4.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those ages 65 or over Woods Cross is part of Davis School District. The city has one high school, Woods Cross High School, and two elementary schools, Odyssey Elementary and Woods Cross Elementary. Woods Cross, Utah, might best be described as industrial suburbia. Oil pipelines burrow beneath tidy streets, and a refinery tower’s flare is visible from a booth at the Paradise Bakery and Cafe. There’s a paint manufacturer, an interstate highway, freight trains hauling asphalt and crude, and some of the nation’s worst winter air quality. The solidly middle-class residents of Woods Cross may not enjoy these aspects of their lives, but they generally tolerate them.
After all, they chose to live here. Now, there’s a new problem: A decades-old chemical leak from a drycleaner has contaminated the city’s drinking water aquifer with a plume of the industrial solvent tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency to declare it a Superfund site, one of three in the area. At high-enough concentrations, PCE can be carcinogenic and cause kidney, liver and immune and nervous system problems. However, the PCE-tainted water is tapped for only a couple months out of the year, and even then at concentrations too low to be considered harmful. That’s why the federal agency won’t help pay for a $4 million filtration system to help fix the problem. Yet the townsfolk, despite their tolerance of other environmental hazards, have enthusiastically agreed to pay for the system, expected to be functioning by next summer. The situation illustrates how the residents weigh the PCE problem against other dangers, and exhibits a key difference between how regulators and most citizens respond to environmental risk. The health risks may be very low, but if you knew your water contained even a smidgeon of poison, would you want to drink and bathe in it? This dense Salt Lake City suburb found out about the PCE in the late 1980s, when the chemical appeared in two municipal water wells, which were immediately turned off. In 2007, after years of study, the EPA finally put the plume on its Superfund list. (PCE pollution is responsible for nearly a third of all listings.) The agency dug up enough contaminated dirt to fill about 20 pickup trucks and began debating how to clean up the plume. The owners of the drycleaner, which is still operating, can’t cover the costs. Most of the year, the town’s water comes from uncontaminated sources. But to meet higher summer demand, it also turns on a contaminated well, sending low concentrations of PCE through showerheads and into drinking glasses. Even then, the concentrations of PCE remain below the agency’s legal limit of 5 parts per billion, and the tap water meets Safe Drinking Water Act standards. That explains the EPA’s seeming lack of concern. “EPA comes in when there is a serious and dangerous immediate threat to health,” says Peggy Linn, the EPA’s community involvement coordinator for the Superfund site. Woods Cross faced a genuine environmental threat: One of the refineries exploded — twice — breaking windows and cracking nearby foundations.
“People were furious,” says Mayor Kent Parry, but the outrage subsided as residents figured out there wasn’t much the city could do. After all, the refinery had been there long before the subdivisions that surround it, and people knew about that risk when they moved in. But as a newer, involuntary risk, the PCE plume is different, says Bob Benson, an EPA toxicologist. EPA officials tasked with deciding whether to build an expensive treatment system would likely consider things like maximum contaminant levels, neurological damage threshold, and concentrations at which cancer risk becomes one in a million. But ultimately, the decision here may have come down to the fact that a simple solution actually exists — unlike with so many other hazards. “It is something over which we have control,” Parry says. “We spend the money, we build the treatment facility, and the PCE is gone.”
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are off-road vehicles often used for recreation. In most states, it’s legal for older kids and teens to ride them, even without a driver’s license. But with the thrills come major safety risks. ATVs can be unstable and hard to control, particularly at high speeds. Rollovers and collisions happen often, and some of these are fatal. Injuries from riding ATVs are common too and can mean an emergency-room visit. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages kids and teens ages 16 or younger from driving or riding on ATVs. If you decide to let your child ride an ATV, make sure he or she follows safety precautions and understands how to safely operate the vehicle. While this helps to reduce the risk of injury or death, the only way to truly keep kids safe is to prevent them from riding ATVs.
ATVs are motorized vehicles that are meant to be used off-road or on dirt roads, not on paved roads or highways. They usually have four large balloon-style tires, with a seat in the middle that a rider straddles while steering by the handlebars. There are still some three-wheeler ATVs around, but manufacturers stopped making them in 1988 due to concerns about stability and safety. Weighing more than 600 pounds, ATVs have large, powerful engines that allow them to reach speeds of 65 mph or more. They have a high center of gravity and no roll bars, safety cages, or seatbelts, meaning they can tip easily, throw riders and passengers off, or even roll over on top of riders. This can cause serious injury or death, usually because of head injuries. Other common injuries include cuts, scrapes, broken collarbones, and broken arms and legs.
There are no federal regulations or age limits when it comes to riding ATVs. Instead, each state has its own guidelines and laws. Some states require ATV riders to be 16 years old and have a safety certificate. Other states allow kids as young as 10 to ride ATVs as long as they’re supervised by an adult with a valid driver’s license. The AAP does not recommend ATV use for children and teens 16 or younger. ATVs can be too large for smaller kids to handle safely, even if it’s legal for them to be riding them. Safely operating an ATV requires the driver to make quick decisions, such as speeding up, slowing down, or shifting his or her weight in response to changes in the environment. Kids under 16 are unlikely to be able to make these choices or have the skills to carry them out. If your child does ride an ATV, make sure you understand and follow the rules of your state. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) online for this information. This applies even if your child won’t be steering the ATV. Many states don’t allow passengers to ride unless the ATV is specifically designed to carry two people.
Kids age 16 and younger should not ride an ATV.
Anyone who does ride an ATV should follow these tips before and during riding:
• Take a safety training course to learn how to operate an ATV safely, and only ride an ATV that’s right for your size and age. Visit the ATV Safety Institute’s website for information.
• Always wear an approved helmet and eye protection. In many states, helmets and eye protection are required by law, particularly for kids.
• Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots to help prevent scrapes and cuts.
• Only ride during daylight hours.
• Always ride at a safe speed on a designated ATV trail.
• Know basic first aid to treat minor injuries, and be able to get help in an emergency.
It’s important to never do the following while riding an ATV:
• Never ride on a three-wheel ATV.
• Never ride while drinking alcohol or using drugs.
• Never ride on paved surfaces or public roads (except to cross them).
• Never exceed the number of passengers recommended by the manufacturer.
• Never let kids and teens drive an ATV with a passenger.
ATV riding will always be risky and because they’re fun, many kids and teens will want to try them. There are no guarantees that kids won’t get hurt, even with precautions and protective laws in place. But by making sure that riders follow safety rules and know how to use ATVs safely, parents can do their best to help protect them from being injured.
Whether you use your ATV to hit the trails or get work done around the farm, these coverages will help keep you protected.
• ATV protection: Blazing your own trail can come with the occasional bump in the road. But don’t get sidetracked by a setback! Our comprehensive and collision coverage helps protect against most accidental damage or loss to your ATV.
• Liability Protection: Accidents happen. And, as an ATV owner, you could be held responsible. Our liability coverage helps protect you and anyone operating your four-wheeler with your permission, it can help you pay for property damage, first aid, medical and court costs so you can stay focused on your growing dreams.
• Gear protection: Safety should come first when you hit the trails that are why we offer protection for your gear. Get up to $1,000 of safety apparel coverage for your helmet, boots and other gear and ride on worry-free.
• Additional support: So, you’ve accidentally backed your four-wheeler into your car.
ATV Insurance Cost
On average, your ATV insurance can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars per year. The cost for ATV insurance varies per owner depending on a number of factors, including:
• The state you live in
• Your driving history
• The make and model of your ATV
• What you use it for
• How much coverage you purchase
Added Coverage, Extra Peace of Mind
• Medical expense coverage: If you’re hurt while on your ATV, this will help pay for medical care to get you back to your old self.
• Uninsured motorist coverage: This protects you if you or anyone riding your ATV is hurt in an accident that was caused by an uninsured vehicle or a hit-and-run driver.
• Underinsured motorist coverage: This helps pay for the balance of an accident when another driver is at fault and doesn’t carry enough insurance.
Woods Cross ATV Injury Lawyer Free Consultation
When you’ve been injured in an ATV accident and need to recover for your personal injuries, please call Ascent Law LLC for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.
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