All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are meant to be entertaining and fun, but the danger they pose to operators is on the rise. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported that there are approximately 135,000 injuries from ATV accidents every year, and 800 deaths from these accidents.
It has been reported that a lot of the fatal accidents involving ATVs happen on city streets and not the terrain that the vehicles are meant for. One accident that occurred last week in Georgia resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl as she rode on the back of an ATV that was driven by a 17-year-old boy. Neither the driver nor passenger had helmets on or restraints.
This accident raises concerns for ATV safety and education. ATVs are motor vehicles and can be very dangerous if they are not operated properly. Below you will find 5 tips for ATV operators that must be followed to ensure a safe ride:
- ATVs are designed to only carry one person and for interactive driving (shifting weight freely in all directions depending on situation and terrain). Never drive with a passenger on the ATV.
- Helmets and protective gear must be worn at all times. This may prevent or reduce the severity of injuries.
- ATVs are designed for off-road terrain, not paved streets. They are hard to control on pavement and a collision with cars is a serious danger.
- Do not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Operate an ATV that is designed for your age.
If you or a loved one operates an ATV, remind them of these very important safety tips. If involved in an ATV accident, the result can be very serious injuries or worse. Take the proper steps to ensure that your ride is both entertaining and safe.