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Are ATVs safe?

You may enjoy the thrill of being on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Let’s admit it, riding can be lots of fun. ATVs may be fun to ride but are they safe to ride? Do the risks outweigh the benefits?

 

You may not realize it, but you do not even need to have a driver’s license to drive an ATV in most states. In fact, in Texas it is legal for children to drive ATVs. ATVs are called all-terrain because they are designed for recreational use off-road. ATVs are motorized vehicles intended to run in rocky conditions like mountains, dirt roads or farms.

Why ATVs are not safe

You should keep in mind that driving an ATV is not like driving a vehicle. ATVs are actually more dangerous because they do not have seat belts, roll bars or any other safety features. According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016 in the United States, there were more than 100,000 people injured in ATV accidents and 26% of them were kids less than 16 years old. Between 1982 and 2016, more than 14,000 people were killed in ATV accidents. More than 3,000 of those deaths were teens. ATVs are the fifth deadliest product that the CPSC oversees.

ATVs are large and heavy and can weigh up to 800 pounds. An ATV engine is powerful and can get up to 50 miles per hour. ATVs are also not very stable and can roll on you. The most common injuries from ATVs are caused by the ATV flipping and throwing the rider from the vehicle. ATVs can even pin you down. ATV injuries can be severe.

Some of the potential injuries include:

  • Injuries to your spinal cord- this can happen if the ATV rolls on you
  • Any type of injuries to your internal organs- this can happen if the ATV throws you off or runs over you
  • Injuries to your head- this can happen if the ATV throws you off, you can hit your head
  • You can break your arms and legs or any other bones- this can happen if your ATV throws you off or runs over you

ATVs are fun but dangerous

Riding ATVs may be a fun activity but can also be extremely dangerous. There is nothing designed on ATVs to ensure your safety, not even seat belts. It is good to be aware of the dangers before going for your next ride.

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