Louisiana is home to millions of people who enjoy outdoor activities – and that often includes riding 4-wheelers. Also known as All-Terrain Vehicles or ATVs, 4-wheelers are often used by hunters, trail riders and people who just enjoy cruising through remote areas. Unfortunately, that makes 4-wheeler accidents a fairly common occurrence in Louisiana. That’s why we’ve provided a few safety tips to help 4-wheeler enthusiasts avoid accidents and injuries.
Use Protective Gear – Whether riding on an easy trail or in wooded or muddy areas, you’re vulnerable to injuries when operating a 4-wheeler. It’s best to wear protective gear including a helmet, gloves, goggles and boots that reach past your ankles.
Stay Off the Pavement – ATVs are designed for off-road use, and in many states it is actually illegal to drive them on paved roads. That’s because 4-wheelers are harder to see than most other vehicles and can be overturned more easily.
No Passengers Allowed – Unless your 4-wheeler is specifically designed to carry more than one person, you should never allow anyone to ride with you. Having a passenger greatly increases the risk of rolling the vehicle over.
Take a Safety Course – It’s a good idea to take a safety course before driving your 4-wheeler. Courses are offered by the ATV Safety Institute, and you can also check with your local ATV dealer or an ATV manufacturer to find a safety course near you.
Get Legal Help for 4-Wheeler Accidents
If you or a loved one are injured in a 4-wheeler accident, you should get legal assistance to help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Morrow, Gates & Morrow have the experience and expertise to handle cases involving 4-wheelers and will be there to help you through every step of the legal process.