A Reno teen was killed in a four-wheeler accident last night. The teen, 19, had been riding by himself on dirt trails behind Turtle Creek Subdivision in Reno. His family called for help after they found him lying on the ground next to the ATV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tragic accidents such as these bring forth the need to remind everyone about ATV safety to prevent accidents such as these from occurring in the future.
Helmets are required in many states. In fact, the U.S. consumer Product safety Commission (CPSC) and the ATV Safety Institute recommend ATV riders use motorcycle or other motorized sports helmets that are certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
Along with the use of an authorized helmet, the following safety equipment should also be worn:
Gloves – protect fingers and hands
Over-the-ankle boots – protect ankles and feet from sustaining injury while riding
Goggles – to protect eyes from dust and rocks
Long-sleeved shirt & pants – to protect the body from debris such as trees and rocks
ATV Safety Tips
ATVs should not be driven on paved roads as they are at risk of being struck by vehicles on the road
ATVs are designed to be driven with passengers and should be avoided
Never operate an ATV while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. ATVs are high-speed motorized vehicles and the driver needs to be undistracted
Children under the age of 16 should not operate an ATV. While children under the age of 6 should not be the passenger nor driver on an ATV
All ATV drivers, including children under 16, should take a hands-on ATV safety course from a certified instructor. These courses are offered by the ATV Safety Institute, local ATV rider groups, some state departments of natural resources, state highway departments, and other agencies responsible for regulating ATV use.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.