ATV Deaths Increase in Summer; Younger Riders at Risk
- A summertime favorite in the Northwoods- hitting the trails on an ATV. If 4-wheeling is in your holiday plans, keep these safety tips in mind.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says inexperienced drivers are at the highest risk, and children are most often injured in accidents.
Already this year the CPSC reports 130 adults and 28 children under 16 have died in ATV accidents.
Many deaths and injuries occur when an inexperienced driver loses control and is thrown from the A-T-V, overturns the vehicle, or crashes into a fixed object.
But they say hands-on training significantly reduces that risk.
ATV drivers with more than one year of experience see significantly lower accident rates.
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