Many people enjoy taking an all-terrain vehicle off the beaten path for a day of fun and excitement. However, it is vital for anyone who rides these vehicles to understand the dangers and how to remain safe. No one is immune from injuries, as evidenced a few years ago when Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken Rouen severed her spine while riding an ATV.

People sustain injuries from riding ATVs due to the negligence of others or due to a factory defect. The most important thing after an ATV accident is to seek medical attention immediately. 

What can cause an accident?

You do not need a license to drive an ATV. Therefore, a lot of people go on dangerous terrain without realizing the kind of danger they are in. Some of the most common ways people sustain injuries from these vehicles include the following:

  • Operating in an unfamiliar area
  • Performing a dangerous maneuver
  • Riding an ATV with two people when the vehicle can only have one
  • Driving on a paved surface

Why are paved surfaces dangerous?

Many people decide to take their ATVs onto regular roads. These vehicles can often go up to 60 miles per hour, but since they have low-pressure tires, they are not suitable for paved roads. 

How many people suffer ATV-related injuries each year?

In 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that approximately 93,700 injuries occurred due to riding ATVs. Many of these injuries qualify as fractures, abrasions and contusions. People are most likely to experience injuries in the head, neck and arms. 

Are there ATV recalls?

Manufacturers issue recalls all the time, so it is important to remain up-to-date with all of them. This is especially important if your ATV has been in storage for a while. Always check for recalls published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure your vehicle is still safe to ride.