ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) are very popular in Gainesville and throughout Florida. They are fun, exciting, and enjoyable for off-road adventures. It’s no surprise that with this great fun comes great dangers. In fact, according to a study released by ATVSafety.gov, there were 376 reported deaths and 131,900 reported accidents in 2009 in ATV-related incidents. So what is the best way to keep you and your family safe during your off-road excursions? Follow these rules for a safe ride:
- Always wear a helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves when you ride your ATV in Gainesville, Florida.
- Never ride your ATV on paved roads except to cross streets or where permitted by law. Remember that an ATV is specifically designed for off-road terrain.
- Never ride under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol as it can impair your judgment similarly to driving a car.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than passenger on an two-rider ATV.
- Ride an ATV that’s right for your age. If you’re unsure which ATV is right for you, ensure to talk to a professional who sells or maintains ATVs.
- Supervise riders age 16 and under. It is your responsibility to ensure an ATV is not treated as a toy.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed to protect you and those around you.
For more information about ATV safety, visit the ATV Safety Institute website to browse their tips and safety guidelines. If you or someone you know has been in an ATV accident, contact the legal team at Bagen Law to discuss your case.