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These 3 ATV Safety Tips Could Save Your Life

By Luke Dow on October 14, 2016

There’s nothing better than autumn in Texas. The lower temperatures and swathes of flat terrain make the state the perfect spot for your next outdoor adventure.


For many Americans, the shifting weather and bumper holidays are an invitation to rent an ATV and explore the landscape. However, this recreational vehicle – built in all sizes to accommodate both adults and children – is not without its dangers.

In June, an Austin man was killed after the ATV he was driving spun out of control and hit a tree, reports KIMT. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 134 people were killed in ATV accidents in Texas between 2008 and 2011.

These three ATV safety tips could save your life or your family's lives this autumn:

  1. Staff off public roads;
  2. Wear the appropriate safety gear; and
  3. Do not transport passengers.
If you were injured in an ATV crash, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is an Austin personal-injury attorney who is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He will assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

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

Let’s take a closer look at three essential safety tips for ATV riders:

  1. Stay off Public Roads
All-terrain vehicles were built to tackle trails and rev through the countryside. These vehicles have powerful, high-speed engines that can reach top speeds in seconds. In the great outdoors, ATVs are capable of skirting through even the most challenging terrain.

But on the road, your ATV could quickly spin out of control. In fact, most ATV fatalities occur on public roads and not off-road.

Additionally, ATVs are not kitted out with suitable tires for tar. The result: They lose traction on smoother surfaces.

  1. Wear the Appropriate Safety Gear
ATV accidents are not always avoidable. Not only do you have to grapple with the elements, shifting terrain and rogue wildlife, but other drivers could be an equally dangerous crash risk.

In this event, it pays to be prepared. Wearing a helmet is mandatory, and thick padded clothing will help soften the blow if you are thrown from your vehicle.

  1. Do Not Transport Passengers
Adding the weight of a passenger can throw your ATV off balance, causing simple turns to become high-speed risks. However, it is recommended that you ride in groups; this will ensure that if you are involved in a crash, there is someone nearby to contact emergency help.

If you were injured in an ATV accident that was not your fault, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin accident lawyer who will handle the legal side of your lawsuit so you can focus on making a quick recovery. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 512-518-4104.


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