Published on Jun 29, 2012
ATV Injuries and Deaths Peak During Summer Months
Unfortunately, it seems that there are always news stories about people involved in devastating car accidents and motorcycle crashes.
However, it's not very often that we hear about ATV accidents, even though right now ATVS are more popular than ever. With roughly 11 million all-terrain-vehicles currently in use, it's important to address the risks associated with riding one.
Without taking proper precautions like wearing a helmet and avoiding paved roads, ATV riding can be deadly. And even when people do take the right steps to avoid an accident, they still occur. Every year, ATV-related injuries lead to 700 deaths and 136,000 emergency room visits.
Experts say that June and July are the peak months for ATV injuries and deaths. If you're planning on riding an ATV over the summer or are already an avid rider, make sure you follow these ATV safety tips to avoid being involved in an accident or sustaining a serious injury:
- Take a safety course before riding an ATV for the first time. It's important to understand the basics of safe riding.
- Wear protective gear, including a helmet, boots, gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts.
- Be extra careful if you're carrying a passenger on your ATV – the extra weight can make it hard for a driver to adapt to different terrains.
- Don't ride on paved and public roads. ATVs aren't designed to handle these types of roads, and they can bring about more distractions, like cars, pedestrians, and other vehicles.
- One-size ATV does not fit all. Some ATVs are made for adults, while others are made for younger riders. Make sure you ride on an age-appropriate ATV.
- Follow your state's ATV laws.
- Never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Riding an ATV requires an operator's full attention.
ATV riding can be a lot of fun, but only when everyone does their part to ensure safe riding.
"Dangerous ride? ATV deaths prompt safety warnings." MSNBC. June 27, 2012.