ATVs are fun to ride, but can result in severe injuries and sometimes even fatalities. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 13,043 ATV-related fatalities occurred between 1982 and 2013. Unfortunately, some of these fatalities occurred in Alaska. This article will discover various essential pieces of advice that motorists should use this summer to avoid becoming involved in ATV accidents.
- Accident Reporting. The Alaska Department of Transportation has published guidelines concerning how ATV riders should report accidents. It is recommended that ATV riders become familiar with these laws in the event an ATV accident does occur.
- Avoid Driving Distracted. Riders of ATVs should never operate vehicles while fatigued or distracted because doing so can lead to catastrophic accidents.
- Children. In accordance with guidelines issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, children under sixteen as twice as likely as adults to be injured when riding adult-sized ATVs. Children lack the necessary skills to maneuver an adult-sized ATV.
- No Alcohol. It is recommended that ATV riders avoid drinking alcohol and riding ATVs because doing so is against the law and increases the chances of ATV accidents greatly.
- Passenger. Never ride as a passenger on an ATV that is intended to carry only a single rider because doing so can result in ATV rollovers and many more tragic accidents. ATVs involve shifting a rider’s weight, which cannot effectively be done when two riders are on the same vehicle.
- Paved Roads. ATVs should only be driven on paths that are marked and approved for ATVs. Avoid riding on paved roads because ATVs are designed to be driven off-road and driving ATVs on smoother surfaces increases the chances of an accident occurring.
- Safety Courses. ATV riders who feel that their riding skills need improvement should attend an ATV safety course. These classes teach various ATV driving techniques which eliminate the chance of riders becoming involved in accidents. Some of the lessons taught during the safety courses are emergency stopping, hill riding, pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, and riding over obstacles.
- Wear Protective Gear. ATV riders should always make sure to wear a helmet that is certified by the United States Department of Transportation. Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the risk of receiving a head injury. Additionally, riders should also wear other protective gear including boots, gloves, and goggles to prevent other injuries that might occur.
While not all ATV related accidents are preventable; however, following these tips riders can greatly reduce the risks of being injured by an ATV or hurting anyone else. If you are involved in an accident due to an ATV, it is in your best interest to seek the professional help and services of a personal injury attorney in Alaska. With over 25 years of helping injured Alaskans get the compensation they deserve, Merdes Law Office, P.C. are the leading law firm in Alaska for their dedication to every client and case until the very end. For further information or schedule an appointment please contact Merdes Law Office, P.C. 866.452.3741 or visit www.Merdes.com.