Many Farm Bureaus across the states are working hard this year to implement their Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As a component of this initiative, last week was designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week, and had a theme relating to riding safely while using farm machinery. One of the big pushes of the safety week was to raise awareness about all-terrain vehicle safety, especially the use of helmets.
As stated in an article about the safety week, ATVs are used often on farms and are considered a very valuable tool for transporting people and equipment. Many farm workers also overload their ATVs with equipment, which can cause the vehicle to become unsteady and lead to an accident or death. ATV injuries are much more common than many people realize. Annually, about 30,000 children alone are admitted to to emergency rooms for ATV related injuries. The good news is that many local Farm Bureaus have ATV safety classes that workers can attend in an effort to reduce farm-related ATV injuries and accidents. According to the related article, some common tips to reduce ATV injuries include wearing a helmet that includes face protection, using the right size ATV for your age and stature, not carrying multiple riders, and use ATVs in off-road terrain only.
Off-road vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATVs, 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 814-515-9074.