Do You Need ATV Safety Tips?
It was recently reported that the “All Terrain Vehicles Global Market in 2020 Hit the 8th All-Time Record in a String.” The accompanying article discussed how the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) market has been booming. Have you recently purchased an ATV? Read on as we discuss ATVs and provide ATV safety tips.
We hope you have a safe summer. We also understand that an ATV accident can injure even the most cautious person. If you are injured in an ATV accident that is not your fault, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in the Vegas area. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you win your Las Vegas ATV accident case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. As an accident victim, you need someone who can help you stand up to insurance companies, so you can receive the compensation you deserve. You need an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer to fight for your rights. Our car accident lawyers offer decades of experience. We have the knowledge and expertise you need to receive the compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries. Ensure that you have Las Vegas car accident lawyers on your side who have actually won significant compensation for clients. You need experts fighting for you—contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is an ATV?
ATV stands for “all-terrain vehicle.” An ATV is a type of “off-highway vehicle.” Under Nevada Revised Statute 490.060, “off-highway vehicle” means a motor vehicle that is designed primarily for off-highway and all-terrain use. The term includes, but is not limited to:
- An all-terrain vehicle, including, without limitation, a large all-terrain vehicle without regard to whether that large all-terrain vehicle is registered by the Department in accordance with NRS 490.0825 as a motor vehicle intended to be operated upon the highways of this State;
- An all-terrain motorcycle;
- A dune buggy;
- A snowmobile; and
- Any motor vehicle used on public lands for the purpose of recreation.
Under Nevada Revised Statute 490.060, “off-highway vehicle” does not include:
- A motor vehicle designed primarily for use in water;
- A motor vehicle that is registered by the Department in accordance with chapter 482 of NRS;
- A low-speed vehicle as defined in NRS 484B.637; or
- Special mobile equipment, as defined in NRS 482.123.
Are ATVs Dangerous?
ATVs can provide fun recreational activity. ATVs can also be dangerous and in some instances deadly. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
- There are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year involving ATVs.
- More than 90 percent of ATV-related injuries involving children can be attributed to a lack of developmental skills needed to maneuver the faster, more powerful adult ATVs.
One state is already taking steps to address ATV safety concerns among children. A recent headline reported that the “Number of Utah Children Injured in ATV Crashes Continues to Climb.” The article discussed ATV accidents involving children and even highlighted one accident involving an 11-year-old Las Vegas girl. It also reported the following concerning numbers:
- Intermountain Healthcare saw a 34 percent increase in the number of traumatic injuries in kids riding ATVs between 2019 and 2020.
- Even more troubling, the current number of ATV-related injuries is on track to meet or exceed last year’s numbers.
- Intermountain West has the fourth-highest traumatic brain injury hospitalization rate in the country for children ages 5 to 14 years old. Nearly 7 percent of those injuries involve motor vehicles—including ATVs.
Below we will discuss safety tips to help avoid ATV injuries and accidents. Unfortunately, an ATV accident can injure even the most cautious person. If you or a loved one are injured in an ATV accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers serving Las Vegas area residents. Call Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
ATV Safety Tips
Not all accidents can be prevented. However, many accidents can be avoided by following simple safety tips. Below are CPSC ATV safety tips.
Stay Off of Paved Roads
- ATVs are designed to be driven on off-road terrain. ATVs are difficult to control on paved roads where they are at risk of overturning or colliding with cars and trucks.
- Check the state or local laws and regulations where you plan to ride. In some states, it is illegal to ride ATVs on paved roads.
- The CPSC believes that riding an ATV on a paved road can result in tragedy.
Never Allow Children Younger Than 16 on Adult ATVs
- Children younger than 16 should be on age-appropriate youth models. Youth models are required to travel at lower speeds than adult ATVs and to have an adjustable speed limiter.
- Check your ATV. It should be equipped with a label that indicates the manufacturer’s recommended age for that particular model.
- Children younger than 6 years of age should never be on any ATV. Either as a driver or passenger.
Do Not Allow More People on the Vehicle Than It Was Designed to Carry
- A single-rider ATV should only have one person on it—the driver.
- ATVs are designed for interactive riding. The driver must be able to shift his or her weight freely in all directions. Passengers can inhibit the driver’s ability to safely control the ATV, and it could roll over or crash.
- Most ATVs sold today are single-rider ATVs, which are not equipped with handholds or footrests for passengers.
Always Wear a Helmet and Other Protective Gear
- CPSC recommends U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell) certified helmets.
- Riders should also wear goggles, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and over-the-ankle boots.
Get Hands-On Training
- CPSC recommends that all ATV drivers—adults and children—take a hands-on ATV safety course from a qualified instructor.
- Many deaths and injuries occur due to inexperience. This includes when an inexperienced driver loses control of an ATV, is thrown from an ATV, overturns the vehicle, or collides with a fixed object or a motor vehicle. Hands-on training can give experienced and first-time riders the skills to handle multiple riding situations that can happen in off-road conditions.
- Riders can check on courses through local or national organizations.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope the above tips help you avoid ATV accidents. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that many types of accidents can occur during the summer. If another driver has injured you, it’s important that you seek experienced legal representation. Don’t delay. Get in touch with our Las Vegas car accident lawyers, so we can begin pursuing significant compensation for you. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your car accident case.
The lawyers at Anthem Injury Lawyers have over 25 years of experience specializing in personal injury claims. This includes Las Vegas car accidents. This is the level of experience you need to win top compensation. Don’t wait. Now is the best time to schedule your appointment with us to discuss the details about your Las Vegas area car accident. Choose wisely and call Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.