Very few can say that riding an ATV, or all-terrain vehicle, is nothing short of exciting. Driving off-road, listing over turns and bouncing over rocks brings a sense of adventure that few other driving opportunities afford. Unfortunately, these vehicles see their fair share of accidents each year. If you plan on driving or riding an ATV, understanding what causes these accidents can help you prevent them.
- Driving on Paved Surfaces
ATVs are not made to be driven on flat, paved surfaces. They are made for off-road use and will, in all reality, handle very poorly on pavement. If you have to drive your ATV along smooth surfaces, do so with caution.
Do not ride double on an ATV not made for passengers. This can pose a threat to both riders as it throws off the balance on the vehicle. If the ATV is designed for only one rider, make sure only one person is on it.
Driving an ATV with little or no experience puts everyone at risk. Do not let an inexperienced driver operate your ATV and, if you are an inexperienced driver, take some lessons before you jump into the driver’s seat.
- Dangerous Stunts
It can certainly be tempting to perform dangerous stunts on an ATV, after all, the adrenaline rush can be the reason that you may be driving an off-road vehicle in the first place. Do not perform dangerous stunts or maneuvers without the proper training.
- Unfamiliar Areas
Driving over unfamiliar terrain is dangerous. Never go full out when driving over terrain that you aren’t familiar with. Take at least one drive through the course or over the road at a slow pace to get to know what is in front of you.
ATVs are not necessarily dangerous, but they do pose a risk. If you are unfamiliar with their operation or don’t know where you will be driving, be sure that you get to know the vehicle and the course first. Inexperienced riders and drivers should always receive a few lessons before they hop aboard an ATV. When you take care to operate an ATV safely, you and your passengers are the better for it.
If you have been injured in an ATV accident, call our personal injury attorneys today. We will review the facts of your case for free. Call us now for assistance.