STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER WHILE USING YOUR ATV
When the weather is nice, people begin to pull their ATVs out and go for a ride. Unfortunately, this means that the number of those injured in ATV accidents increases during the late spring and summer months. Here is some information you should know to stay safe this summer while using your ATV.
Safety Tips to Help Prevent ATV Injuries
While you cannot prevent every accident or injury while riding an ATV, there are some things you can do to minimize the likelihood of being involved in an accident or sustaining injuries while riding an ATV. Here are a few of the top safety tips to help prevent ATV injuries:
- Always wear a helmet and proper footwear when riding an ATV.
- Do not carry passengers. ATVs are not designed to carry passengers and as such, can put you and the passenger at risk of injury in an accident.
- Never let young children drive an ATV. State laws vary on how old a driver should be, but most must be either 16 or have taken a course on ATV safety to drive at a younger age.
- Do not drive an ATV under the influence. You can receive a DUI or DWI if you do, as well as increase the chances of you being involved in an accident.
- Never drive an ATV on main roads and highways. They are not designed to be driven in such areas and should only stay on ATV pathways.
Common Types of ATV Injuries
If you are involved in an accident on an ATV, you may sustain a variety of injuries. The most common reason for injuries while riding is because the ATV flipped or rolled. Some of the most common types of ATV injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Loss of limbs
What to Do After an ATV Accident
If you are involved in an ATV accident that was not due to driver error, you will need to keep the ATV in question and the helmet you were wearing. If it is found that your equipment was faulty, and as a result, you sustained an injury, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the maker of the ATV or helmet. Keeping this equipment allows for the items to be inspected by professionals who can determine whether the equipment in question was faulty and how it caused or lead to the accident or your injuries.
If you were injured in an ATV accident and you feel that is was not your fault, a lawsuit may be filed. An attorney can help you determine if you have a case and how to proceed. Here at at Mukerji Law Firm, we have the experience to help you with your ATV case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.