There’s no question that ATVs offer fun and excitement for people of all ages. Not only that, they have practical uses, as well, on farms, large properties, and hunting camps.
While this is true, Texas leads the way when it comes to ATV-related fatalities and injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This doesn’t mean you need to park your ATV for good. However, it does mean you need to take the proper safety precautions to ensure you don’t become part of the statistics. Here are some tips:
Use the right safety gear
Be sure you put on quality safety gear rated for use with ATVs before departing. At a minimum, you should have:
Take along first-aid supplies, too, just in case an accident occurs.
Load and unload the ATV safely
It’s important to use common sense when on the trail and loading or unloading your ATV. This means using a winch if you can, avoiding a ramp that’s too steep, and ensuring the ramp can hold the ATV’s weight.
Perform a safety inspection before riding
Be sure to check your fuel level and the tires to prevent a breakdown while you are riding. Perform a visual inspection of the ATV, too, to see if there’s anything that looks wrong or “off.” Once you start your ATV, make sure nothing sounds weird with the engine and if there is an issue, make repairs first.
Dealing with ATV accidents in Texas
If you are involved in an ATV accident, it’s important to determine the cause. Operator error will cause accidents, injuries, or fatalities in some cases. However, in other situations, it may be due to malfunctioning equipment or a design flaw in the vehicle. If this happens, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. It’s best to investigate the cause to determine if this is the case.