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Are you being safe when you ride your ATV this fall? Hopefully, if you plan to ride your snowmobile this winter, you will keep safety in mind as well.  Over the Thanksgiving weekend, an unnamed victim lost his life while riding his all-terrain vehicle.  Near Pittsburgh, in Beaver County, an ATV driver passed away after he drove his vehicle off a trail and into a pond.  The site of the crash was in an old mining area, where the victim was not with the rest of the group of riders that he had started off with.  Unfortunately, he was trapped under the vehicle for an extended period of time before the emergency response teams could get him out.  Our sympathies go out to the victim and his/her family.

So, how can we avoid accidents such as this? Here are a few tips that may help you out:

  • Avoid driving alone! If you start out with other riders, stick with those other riders.  
  • Always go out with your cell phone fully charged and let others know your riding route and when you plan to be home.
  • Stick to designated trails and riding areas.
  • Avoid riding at night and during periods of poor visibility. 
  • Wear bright colors when possible--bright orange, green, and yellow are good choices.

Many Pennsylvanians enjoy using ATVs and snowmobiles nearly year-round.  However, these off-road vehicles are potentially dangerous vehicles for many of our state's youth.  Improper ATV use is leading cause of serious injury among Pennsylvanians.   Attorney Doug Stoehr of Altoona, PA handles cases involving injury as a result of accidents involving off-road vehicles.  For more information about Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania practice, please call his law firm at 814-946-4100.

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