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The Importance of ATV Safety

ATV’s are fun and can be enjoyed when used safely.  It’s important that anyone who is operating an ATV is properly trained.

The most common type of injury cause involves the ATV flipping or rolling. When this happens, an ATV driver and passenger can be thrown from the vehicle, or even pinned down by it. Many people don’t realize that, in general, ATVs are not designed to carry passengers in the back. Doing so can put both passengers and the vehicle operator at an increased risk for an accident. According to U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ATVs lack the general stability of other vehicles, and are not meant to be driven on regular paved roads.

Here are some important safety tips and laws you need to know to properly operate an ATV.

Because children often lack the physical strength, cognitive abilities, and fine motor skills to operate ATVs properly, their risk for injury is greater than that of adults. Studies have found that adolescent and teenage ATV riders have more severe injuries and more head injuries than any other age group. Although there are state and federal laws, as well as codes and standards for all terrain vehicles, the fact remains that serious non-fatal ATV injuries and deaths can and still occur.

There are state and federal laws about ATV safety that manufacturers and sellers of ATVs must observe. If you or a loved one has experienced ATV-related injuries, you should first receive medical attention. Then, you need to contact McShane & Brady evaluate the merits of your case. You may be entitled to compensation for expenses and damages caused by your injury.