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How can West Virginia residents avoid ATV accidents?

West Virginia is a popular place for people who are interested in riding or operating all-terrain vehicles or ATVs. Locally, people use ATVs for traveling short distances and for recreation. However, these vehicles, due to their design, are not made for certain road conditions. Similar to motorcycles, these vehicles can be unstable, thus requiring skills and proper judgment to ensure safety on the road. Readers should pause for a moment and read these tips in preventing ATV accidents.

Anyone interested in riding ATVs should first take a safety training course. Studies show that people who have taken such courses are less likely to suffer serious injuries and get involved in collisions. These safety courses teach individuals how to properly operate these vehicles and control them under certain circumstances. Second, it is important for ATV riders to wear the proper protective equipment. Helmets are one of the most important pieces of protective gear that must be worn in order to avoid head injuries. Additionally, riders should wear long-sleeves, long pants, gloves, goggles and boots to prevent road rashes and other injuries. Third, riders should always operate their ATVs without any passengers. These vehicles are made for interactive driving, which means that riders are going to shift their weight from time to time and this can be difficult with a passenger on board.

Fourth, riders should avoid operating their vehicles on paved roads. These vehicles are not made for this type of terrain, thus it is important to avoid travelling on such roads in order to avoid collisions with larger vehicles, which can be deadly.

If an ATV rider suffers injuries due to the negligence of another person, which often happens in collisions or when the vehicle itself malfunctions, the victim may be entitled to compensation. A product liability or personal injury claim may arise from these kinds of accidents.

Source: Atvsafety.gov, "ATV safety messages," accessed on Feb. 12, 2015

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