Attorney Boyk Stresses the Importance of ATV Safety

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A fatal ATV accident occurred on Sunday, prompting Attorney Charles Boyk to share ATV safety tips with the community.

13 ABC news reported a fatal accident involving a 15-year old Michigan boy riding his ATV on Sunday.

The tragedy that this accident brings has prompted the Charles E. Boyk Law Office to share ATV safety tips with the community. As the weather warms up, more residents will be taking to their ATVs for recreation. It is necessary to take precaution when driving an ATV in order to prevent more fatal accidents from occurring. Follow the below safety tips brought to you by ATVSafety.gov to reduce risk for injuries while on ATV's.

ATV Safety Tips:

  • Take a safety training course – a hands-on training course will allow the driver to learn of typical situations involved with ATVs, helping to lower the risk for injury.
  • Wear protective gear – it is imperative to always wear protective gear when riding on an ATV. The helmet is the most essential piece of protective gear and can help to save a life.
  • Do not drive with a passenger – ATVs are meant to carry only one person, making it dangerous to have a passenger on with you. It is critical for the driver of the ATV to be able to shift their weight in whichever way the terrain calls for.
  • Do not operate ATV on paved road – ATVs can be difficult to control on paved roads, making collisions with cars a possibility.
  • Do not allow children to drive adult ATVs – most of the injuries or deaths involving a child and an ATV occur when the child is driving or riding on an adult ATV. A child under the age of 16 should not be permitted on an adult ATV, as they are twice as likely to be injured.
  • Do not operate an ATV while under the influence – driving an ATV while impaired is very dangerous. Never operate an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Attorney Charles Boyk hopes that you follow these safety tips while operating your ATV. He stressed the importance of ATV safety stating, "The only way to prevent other injuries and fatalities is to take the proper precautions before getting on the ATV."

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