Did you know that during 2014 there were over 93,000 ATV related emergency room visits? That’s 7,750 people a month!
On average an emergency room visit for ATV related injuries is $1,700 a day for Louisiana and $2,300 a day for Texas and that the average stay is between 4 and 5 days. For an emergency room visit, you’re looking at somewhere between $7,650-$10,350.
Thankfully the ATV Safety Institute has seven golden rules of ATV safety to help make less people become an emergency room statistic.
- Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
- Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
- Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
- Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
Hopefully, with these helpful rules you’ll never have to see the inside of an emergency room, but if the unexpected happens, make sure you have the right coverage with ABC Insurance Agencies, for all your insurance needs.