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The Dangers of All Terrain Vehicles

Posted in ATV accidents on July 31, 2018

All terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are small vehicles that can usually hold 1-3 passengers. ATVs are typically used to maneuver rocky road and trail conditions. Because they have little to no protection for its’ riders, ATV accidents can cause serious or fatal injuries to its’ passengers. The most common causes of ATV accidents involve exceeding its maximum weight capacity, allowing inexperienced drivers to operate the ATV, or performing dangerous maneuvers. ATV drivers and passengers should always wear a helmet, follow rules, and become familiar with the vehicle before operating it.

ATVs are not truly built for all terrains and conditions. Riders should always become acquainted with how that specific ATV works and operates. This will reduce the chances of an accidental rollover. Having passengers along for the ride may cause the ATV to become unbalanced if they cannot shift their weight with the driver.

In order to ensure the safety of ATV drivers and passengers, please keep the following in mind:

  • Wear the correct protective clothing at all times; including goggles, helmets, boots, and gloves.
  • Review the vehicle each time before you ride; especially the rims and tires.
  • Ride with more than one person so you aren’t alone.
  • Ride on designated trails and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Never ride an ATV when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

ATVs should be a fun experience, but safety needs to be the top priority. Most rules are in place to prevent injuries or accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, contact the Manchin Injury Law Group today.