By: Bryan Peinado
Most ATV's can weigh up to 700 lb. This can be a cause of accidents or injuries. In 2009, 649 deaths occur due to ATV's. In 2010 alone 115,000 accidents occurred. In just a year 5,000 people die from Motorcycles. The age group that has the highest accident percentage are age groups from 20 to 24.
- Wear a helmet and proper clothing to protect against any injuries
- Must be 16 years or older when riding an adult ATV
- One person on an ATV is the safe thing to do
- Stay off paved roads and unfamiliar territory
- No alcohol or drugs when operating an ATV to avoid accidents
- Be aware of your speed in risky situations.
Prevention of Injuries
- Leave a 4-second space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Be a defensive driver
- Wear proper safety equipment
- Don’t go so fast
- Be seen
- training courses, licensing and registration.
- Children and youth younger than 16 years of age should not operate an ATV. The lack of evidence that youth models reduce the risk of injury means this recommendation must apply to all vehicle sizes, including youth models.