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Staying safe: ATVs and snowmobiles

There are many kinds of recreational vehicles, and being safe on each one should be a goal of every driver and passenger. To be safe, though, you need to understand how these vehicles work and how to use them safely.

For instance, snowmobiles can be used by people of almost any age, but they're shown to cause a high number of accidents involving children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 16 do not drive snowmobiles, even if the devices are rated age appropriate.

Another vehicle that could result in injuries in Alaska is an all-terrain vehicle. An ATV can have two, three or four wheels. These vehicles may or may not have roll bars. Many people get hurt when the vehicles roll, snapping their arms, crushing their bodies and injuring them in other ways.

How can people stay safe when using ATVs or snowmobiles?

The primary thing to remember is that you should only ride when it's light outside and only operate a vehicle when you are sober. You should take a training course before using ATVs or snowmobiles, so you understand how to control them fully. Always wear the recommended safety gear that is appropriate for your environment.

To stay safe on ATVs and snowmobiles, it's always a good idea to go out in pairs. Then, if someone gets hurt, the other party is there to call for help. Try not to take passengers on the same vehicle, since one accident could hurt everyone who came out together.

After a crash, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Your attorney can help you after you seek the medical care you need.

Source: Michigan Medicine, "Recreational Vehicle Safety," accessed March 16, 2018

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