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The Dangers of All-Terrain Vehicles

All-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, are four-wheeled off-road recreational vehicles. When used appropriately, they can be a fun and exciting way to enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, irresponsible ATV drivers often ignore important safety rules and regulations, creating serious risk of death or injury. Weighing more than 800 pounds, ATVs have large, powerful engines that allow them to reach highway speeds-typically up to 50 mph or higher. They have a high center of gravity, no roll bars, safety cages, or seatbelts, and their low-pressure tires are not designed for paved surfaces. This means that they can easily tip or throw riders and passengers off, frequently resulting in serious death or injury.

Recent ATV accidents remind us to use ATVs with extra caution

Two separate ATV accidents over the weekend sent two people to local hospitals. The first ATV accident happened in Farmington when, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department, a man was riding an ATV in his yard and went over an embankment, causing an ATV to land on top of him.

Marion County ATV Accident Leaves One Dead

One person was killed over the weekend in an All Terrain Vehicle Accident outside of Mannington, West Virginia, in Marion County. According to local reports, around two o'clock on Saturday, July 14, 2014, an ATV accident occurred after an ATV rolled on the top of a hill on Mods Run Road. Health net responded to the scene but no one was life flighted to the hospital. Reports indicate that three people were involved in the accident and one person was killed. The Marion County Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter.

Study: West Virginia Leads Nation in ATV Deaths

A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded that West Virginia has the highest rate of ATV deaths on public roads throughout the nation. The study concluded that between 2007 and 2011, rider deaths on public roads throughout the nation totaled 1,701.

ATVs and Kids Don't Mix

Many West Virginians are avid ATV riders. People use ATVs and UTVs for personal use around the house and for recreational activities. Unfortunately, many ATV riders in West Virginia are children. Combining the inexperience of youth with an ATV can be deadly.

ATV Accident Sends Two Teens to Hospital

An ATV accident caused two teenagers to be flown by two separate medical helicopters to Ruby Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoon. The accident happened on Junkins Avenue Extension in the Adamston area of Clarksburg just after 6 p.m.

ATV Accidents Can Be Difficult to Handle

For many West Virginians, a favorite past time is riding an ATV. ATVs and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) can be both practical and fun. These vehicles can be used around your property to assist in many things from clearing brush, to gardening. These vehicles are also often used to assist hunters bring deer in from out of the woods.

ATV Safety in West Virginia

All Terrain Vehicles or ATVs are a popular past time for many West Virginians. ATVs are used by both teens and adults alike for fun and to haul heavy items. However, ATVs are dangerous, even when operated properly and oftentimes, ATV accidents lead to serious personal injuries.

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