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Recreational vehicle accidents: wider RVs not always better

Two centuries ago, westward travelers passing through what was then part of West Virginia on their way to Ohio likely used wagons of some sort pulled by oxen or maybe horses. Everything these travelers owned was piled on board and could be easily accessed at days end or if weather suddenly called a halt to progress. Nowadays, the modern traveler through West Virginia has something similar in the recreational vehicle with the exotic name suggesting a vision quest or mountain breeze. Even better, the wanderer has on-board amenities that a long-ago ancestor could scarcely imagine. But, like the pioneer of old, one thing is still certain: a recreational vehicle accident could be waiting just around the bend.

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.

Do helmets prevent injuries in West Virginia ATV accidents?

All-terrain vehicles are popular in West Virginia, mainly for recreational purposes. Tourists flock to the state to operate an ATV while locals use these vehicles for daily transportation. With the increased use of ATVs, it is not surprising that these vehicles are often involved in crashes or collisions. It is important to understand that ATVs and other recreational vehicles are not entirely stable. Operating such vehicles require skill and proper training to ensure safety. It is also important to wear protective gear in order to avoid serious injuries and accidents.

Fatal ATV accidents on the rise according to insurance group

In West Virginia, some popular recreation spots are most easily accessed by recreational all-terrain vehicles. ATV enthusiasts enjoy the sense of freedom their vehicles bring them. Designed primarily for off-road use, however, ATVs do not travel well on paved surfaces such as streets and highways. Some models are especially prone to rolling over. West Virginia is one of several largely rural states with high rates of these ATV accidents, and the state leads the nation in the number of deaths per 10 million people with 105. However, the number of ATV accidents in urban areas is also of concern in larger cities across the nation, which have seen many fatal accidents during the summer months.

What are West Virginia's current statistics on ATV accidents?

As thrill seekers in West Virginia are probably aware, one of the most common recreational activities within the state is riding an all-terrain vehicle or ATV. Before you ride an ATV, you have to know the basic facts about ATVs, including the rules and regulations governing ATV use, ATV accident rates, and other important facts. By doing so, you will be able to decide if riding an ATV is worth a try.

Man flown to hospital in West Virginia following ATV accident

ATV accidents can be life-altering and injuries may be extensive which is why various resources exist to help families and victims of ATV accidents. Only about an hour east of the Cabell area, a man was recently flown to the hospital following an ATV accident. The rollover accident resulted in the man suffering a broken leg injury. He was flown by HealthNet to a hospital for treatment following the rollover ATV accident. Recreational vehicle accidents can commonly result in broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and back injuries.

Three injured in recreational vehicle accident

A recent accident in West Virginia left three people injured, two of whom had to be air lifted to the hospital. The crash occurred when a pickup truck slammed into a UTV. Initial reports indicate the UTV either entered the roadway in front of the truck or crossed the center line and into the truck's lane, causing an accident when the truck could not avoid the collision. The driver and passenger of the UTV were flown to the hospital while the truck driver suffered minor injuries. Though initial reports seem to indicate the driver of the UTV was at fault in this case, the wreck remains under investigation.

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