Protecting Your Family As ATV Accident Traumas Are On The Rise 7/20/13
CBS 7 News
July 20, 2013
Medical Center Hospital has seen the number of ATV traumas double since last year-- many involving head injuries, We talked to a local ATV dealer about how you can protect your family..
"What people don’t realize is that an ATV is very heavy,” said Robert Nance, Sales Manager at Midland Powersports. “If you roll the ATV is going to land on top of you and cause an injury."
Summer is in full swing and ATV riding is all the rage in the basin. Nance says it's important to protect yourself with the basics when riding.
"The first thing is to make sure you have helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirt and covered riding shoes,” Nance said.
Nance says parents often don't know what size ATV’s are appropriate for their kids. Manufacturers have strict guidelines on age and size.
"50 cc’s are for ages 6 and up, 90 cc’s are for 10 and up and anything greater is for 16 and older,” Nance said. “The biggest thing I see is parents coming in and putting kids on things like 250 cc’s and it's dangerous."
So what’s the most dangerous terrain in the basin? Sandhills.
"The biggest thing we have here is sand, it's fun but when you do doughnuts and start playing around, it’s too easy to flip over,” Nance said.
Guidelines say kids should never ride two-at once on an ATV and only certain models allow for adult double riding.
Now when you buy an ATV, most manufacturers will offer you an ATV safety class, but Nance did not know of any of those classes offered any closer than in San Angelo.