ATVs, Snowmobiles, Dirtbikes, Present Special Risks to Carolina Youth

A 7-year-old rider was killed in a recent dirt bike accident in Chester County.

According to WSOCTV, the youth was riding down Chester Highway in Great Falls on a new dirt bike he got for Christmas when he slammed into a tractor-trailer. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that witnesses throughout the area report heavy dirt bike traffic and warn travelers in the area to be safe.
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Some people associate off-roading — whether on ATVs, snowmobiles or dirt bikes — with spending time outdoors. For others, it’s almost a competitive sport. Our ATV injury lawyers know dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles are poopular among our younger population. Unfortunately, these younger drivers lack the experience, training and education and are oftent in serious danger out there because of it. If Santa brought your child a new dirt bike or ATV this Christmas, make sure you also gift them with some serious safety training and plenty of supervision to help to protect them out there.

Riding through the woods on a dirt bike may be a great time– but it can also be deadly if you’re not careful about how you ride and how you prepare. Ensuring your safety on an off-road motorcycle means making sure you know how to operate your bike, conduct safety inspections before you ride, and wear proper safety gear.

Dirt Bike Safety Tips:

-Make sure you’ve got all of the proper safety equipment on before starting your new bike. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.

-Never ride on roads that are paved. The only time you should do this is when crossing the road and when it’s done safely and legally.

-Never ride if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

-Make sure that all riders under the age of 16 are supervised by a responsible adult. It’s important to remember that dirt bikes are powerful vehicles and they are not toys.

-Children under ten years should never be on an ATV – either as a driver or passenger. Young children lack the physical ability and mental skills to safely maneuver a motorized vehicle with multiple speeds and controls.

-Whether you’re riding a bike occasionally for quick trips to the corner store or as your daily commute, it’s crucial to pick an appropriately-sized bike to get the most out of your ride.

-Before letting your child in their new bike, watch for the signs that your child is not only physically ready to handle a dirt bike, but that he is also capable of riding responsibly.

-Wildlife and livestock have their places in the riding areas too. Don’t chase them. Cut your throttle when you encounter them while allowing them to cross your path.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an ATV accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Riding on Public Roadways Presents a High Risk for North Carolina ATV Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 9, 2011

ATV accident in Carolina killed 16-year-old before new bill takes effect, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, May 30, 2011

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