All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other off road vehicles, can be fun and useful for farm work, household chores, and more. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns that it’s important to learn how to ride these vehicles safely. Recent data shows that there are more than 700 fatalities and 100,000 injuries each year involving ATVs.
ATV riders should not drive with a passenger. Children should not be allowed to ride ATVs that are designed for adult riders; instead, they should ride a youth model that is appropriate for their age and size. Be sure that kids wear helmets and other protective gear that fits them properly.
Off road vehicles with steering wheels and car-like seats have seen a death toll of more than 400 individuals in the past decade, according to the CPSC. The organization recommends the following safety tips for these vehicles:
- Do not carry more passengers than the number of seat belts in the vehicle.
- Fasten seat belts and remain inside the vehicle while it is in motion.
- Do not carry passengers in cargo beds.
- Drive at a safe speed, exercising extra caution when turning and crossing slopes.
Click here to learn about Indiana-specific laws and regulations regarding all terrain and off road vehicles.
If you or a loved one is injured due to an ATV or other off road vehicle accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.