ATV Safety Tips for Accident and Injury Prevention
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are used across the country for work and recreational purposes in rural areas. When used recklessly or improperly they can result in serious injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) there are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year involving ATVs. Practicing ATV safety and using precaution can help prevent accidents and injuries.
ATV Safety Tips
ATVs weigh hundreds of pounds and can reach high speeds sometimes making them difficult to control. If the driver loses control of the vehicle, the ATV may flip or the driver may be thrown off. To protect yourself and others it is important to use these ATV safety tips from the CPSC.
- Wear protective gear: helmet, goggles, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirt
- Don’t drive with other passengers on the ATV
- Don’t drive on paved roads
- Children younger than 16 should not be riding ATVs built for adults
- Don’t drive under the influence
- Take a safety course to learn how to control the ATV in different situations
- Ride in a group
What to Do After an ATV Accident
If you are injured in an ATV accident, seek medical attention right away. It is important that you collect contact information from people involved and witnesses. Obtaining information about the ATV is crucial as well. The accident may have not been your fault. You may have been a victim of a defective product or someone’s negligence, and could be compensated for your injuries and expenses. Call 1-800-THE-LAW2 to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Free Personal Injury Lawyer Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, call 1-800-380-8080. You will be connected with an experienced 1-800-THE-LAW2 personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. A personal injury lawyer could get you medical treatment, reimbursement for expenses and ATV repair, and compensation for physical and emotional damages. It’s risk free, either you get paid or you don’t pay at all!
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Quick Facts for a Safer Ride. Retrieved March 9, 2015.