CPSC Urges Riders to Keep Off-Road Vehicles Off Roads

(Source:  CPSC Website:  http://onsafety.cpsc.gov/blog/2016/09/01/cpsc-urges-riders-to-keep-off-road-vehicles-off-roads/).

As the Fall approaches, the personal injury lawyers at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., in Reading, PA, want to share some information about ATV and ROV safety, from the website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

As riders head out for one of their last adventures this summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges riders to keep all off-road vehicles – OFF roads. This includes all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), side-by-sides, dirt bikes, and other utility vehicles. At least 900 deaths (or 33% of reported deaths during a four-year period) were related to ATVs being ridden on paved roads or parking lots. It’s important for every rider at every age to know:

  • Off-road vehicles are designed to be driven only on off-road terrain, not paved surfaces.
  • Off-road vehicles are difficult to control on paved surfaces and are at risk of overturning.
  • On paved roads, off-road vehicles are at a higher risk of being in a collision with cars, trucks and other vehicles.
  • In many states, it is illegal to ride off-road vehicles on paved roads.

Including the 900 ATV-related deaths on paved surfaces, nearly 3,000 deaths related to ATVs and ROVs were reported for the four-year period. An estimated 490,000 ATV-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms during this same period.

In addition to knowing the dangers of riding on paved surfaces, all riders should always follow the safety tips below when operating an off-road vehicle.

  • Always wear a helmet and other protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirt.
  • Never have more passengers than there are seats. Most ATVs are designed for one rider, and ROVs should never have more passengers than there are seat belts.
  • Never operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Get hands-on training from a qualified instructor.
  • Fasten seat belts and keep all parts of your body inside an ROV.
  • Children should not be passengers in a ROV unless their feet can reach the floor in a sitting position.
  • Riders younger than 16 should only drive age-appropriate youth model ATVs, never adult ATVs or ROVs.

The attorneys at Liever, Hyman & Potter, P.C., are concerned for the safety of children and families in Reading, Berks County, PA, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA, and throughout Eastern and Central PA.  The lawyers there handle injury claims, including claims for serious injuries or death caused by the negligence of others and by unsafe and dangerous products.

From the desk of Adam K. Levin, Esquire.

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