ATV safety this summer


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It was Thursday night when a man lost control of an ATV in Clay County.

The fatal accident is a tragic reminder of just how dangerous they can be if not careful.

For some, it’s a way of life.

“Going to all of the off road parks that are out there in the surrounding areas of Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois,” said Scott Monday, with Thompson’s Motorsports in Terre Haute.

A joy ride can quickly turn dangerous.

“So compact and some of them can go upwards to 80 miles per hour, and there is no protection around you,” said Monday.

Many often underestimate the power of an ATV.

“The weight of the ATV, they think because it’s on four wheels it’s a lot safer than what it really is. They don’t think about going around a corner to fast and causing it to tip over,” said Monday.

Across the country, more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries happen every year involving ATVs, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, so before you take off it’s important to suit up.

“Safety gear, helmet, neck brace, boots, long pants, and a long shirt, those kinds of things,” said Monday.

An average ATV can weigh up to eight-hundred pounds.

“If you are climbing a hill and you don’t make it to the top and you start rolling backwards you tend to start flipping. You can’t get away from it so you got to make sure you have the right safety equipment on,” said Monday.

He has a message for those piling too many people on the back.

“It’s been nice knowing ya, because it’s not something you want to do at all. It’s one person, and you see it all the time and 90% of the time people don’t get hurt but there is that one time.”

A scary reminder to put safety first.

“An ATV is something you can replace, you’re not.”

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