What Are Common Causes Of An ATV Accident?

by Terry Bryant

Whether on the job or having fun with friends, an ATV accident can do irreparable and costly bodily damage.

Off-roading accidents usually occur to new or first-time users. Proper training and handling can help avoid this danger. Since most injuries occur to the upper body and head, wearing safety gear like jackets and helmets is important.

Also, children should not be allowed to drive four-wheelers intended for adults as a sizeable percentage of injuries happen to kids. Even vehicles made for children require constant adult supervision.

Riders should be familiar with the terrain they drive on, and avoid driving on regular roads. All-terrain autos are meant to traverse rough, uneven land and can be difficult to handle on smooth roads. Sliding and skidding can cause the unit to crash into automobiles that have more built-in protection than the ATV, leaving the exposed driver to deal with the full brunt of the impact.

Unless otherwise stated, off-road vehicles are designed for one person at a time. Many accidents occur because people ignore instructions and push the vehicles limits, despite manufacturer warning.

The scale of potential injuries is wide and can be anything from a skin wound to a broken bone or even death. Although a mishap can be avoided by taking precautions, if an accident does occur, the driver will likely face injury.

An ATV accident is a serious threat for operators of off-road vehicles. Being aware of your surroundings, obeying instructions and limits, and wearing protective gear may minimize the severity of injuries.