Hunting season will be in full swing soon. While guns, bows and other weapons can be dangerous if not properly handed, a less commonly considered danger that many face while hunting is the use of all-terrain vehicles or ATVs. These vehicles provide an easier commute to and from hunting sites and are much easier for hunters than walking, but they should be used with caution. There are often reports of ATVs flipping over or crashing due to surroundings. Unfortunately, these vehicles do not offer much protection to the rider, so these crashes can be very serious.
Sometimes, serious injuries and crashes with ATVs happen due to manufacturer defects. Polaris just recalled their 2014 ACE 325’s due to safety hazards. The exhaust header pipe can crack and release hot exhaust gases into the engine compartment, posing fire and burn hazards.The following safety precautions and tips should be followed while riding an all-terrain vehicle:
- Take a safety training course that educates drivers on the proper ATV controlling techniques in a variety of situations.
- Wear protective gear at all times. Helmets are the most important gear, but boots, gloves, goggles, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts or jackets will aid in protecting you in the event of a crash as well.
- Only carry a passenger or ride as a passenger if the ATV is designed to carry multiple people. A majority of all-terrain vehicles are meant for a single rider.
- Ride only on un-paved roads. These vehicles are not made to control easily on paved roads.
- Children should never be allowed on ATVs, either as passengers or drivers.
- Do not drive or ride an ATV after drinking or using drugs. Drunk driving involves operating any motor vehicle, including ATVs.
ATV accidents oftentimes leave victims with serious injuries, and sometimes even cause paralysis or death. If you or someone you love were injured in an ATV crash caused by another, call 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and will travel to you.