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Do You Ride ATVs? Austin Injury Lawyer Offers 5 Tips to Avoid Accidents

By Luke Dow on August 10, 2016

All-terrain vehicles are popular in Texas, and they are a great addition to any family holiday. However, an ATV crash can cause serious injuries.

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If you are planning to hit the trails, these five tips could save your life:

  1. Do not drink and ride;
  2. Ride at a safe speed;
  3. Stay up to date on recalls;
  4. Perform a pre-ride inspection;
  5. And take a safety course.
Unfortunately, even the safest riders can suffer injuries in an ATV crash. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Mr. Dow is a board-certified personal-injury attorney with a reputation for winning cases. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation with an Austin accident lawyer.

Until then, read on to learn five ATV safety tips:

  1. Do Not Drink and Ride
Many people who spend their holidays riding ATVs forget that drinking and driving do not mix – and that mantra applies to all-terrain vehicles. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, alcohol impairs your ability to operate any form of vehicle.

Alcohol affects your coordination and reaction time. As such, riding under the influence significantly increases your risk of crashing.

  1. Ride at a Safe Speed
Speeding is a contributing factor in many ATV accidents. You should only operate your ATV at a speed that is safe for the terrain, weather conditions and your visibility.

Do not ride at a speed above your skill level. Many novice drivers lack the experience to handle ATVs and avoid obstacles at high speeds.

  1. Stay up to Date on Recalls
Some ATV accidents are due to mechanical defects. As such, all riders should stay abreast of ATV safety notices and recalls. You can check if your ATV was recalled by visiting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
  1. Perform a Pre-Ride Inspection
You should always perform a pre-ride inspection before hitting the trail. Check your tire pressure and tread. Make sure each tire is free of gashes, tears and bulges.

Confirm that your axle nuts are secure and your brakes are in good condition. You should also check your headlights and brake lights and pack a tool kit before leaving.

  1. Take an ATV Safety Course
ATVs are dangerous when not operated correctly. An ATV safety course will teach you proper riding technique. You will also learn how to anticipate and avoid common accident scenarios. The ATV Safety Institute offers a list of safety courses in Texas.

If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is an Austin accident attorney who can evaluate your collision, talk to witnesses, gather evidence and help you fight for the maximum settlement.

You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and noneconomic damages. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation.

 

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