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ATV Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the specific legal requirements in Minnesota?
- What are the manufacturers' recommendations for engine size for youth operators?
- What are some tips to prevent ATV accidents from happening?
- What are some of the parts that may be defective or fail on an ATV?
- What are the most common injuries sustained in an ATV accident?
What are the specific legal requirements in Minnesota?
All ATV riders (passengers and operator) under age 18 on public land must wear a helmet at all times.
What are the manufacturers' recommendations for engine size for youth operators?
Manufacturers recommend ATVs with an engine size of 90cc or greater for those 16 years and older; 70cc to 90cc for youth ages 12-15; and less than 70cc for ages 6-11.
What are some tips to prevent ATV accidents from happening?
All drivers/riders under 18 must wear a helmet; however, all ATV drivers/passengers should wear a helmet, enroll in an ATV safety training course, do not ride at night, do not ride on paved roads, do not ride double on a 1-up ATV, do not let children ride an adult-sized ATV, and do not ride an ATV after consuming alcohol.
What are some of the parts that may be defective or fail on an ATV?
When a part fails or does not function properly, it can cause the ATV to go out of control, roll over, catch on fire or explode. Parts that may be defective or fail include: brakes, throttle, steering components, transmissions and welds on control components.
What are the most common injuries sustained in an ATV accident?
Although head injuries are the number one cause of death in ATV crashes, they can be reduced if the rider wears a helmet. Helmets save lives! Other common injuries include: head and spinal cord injuries; abdominal injuries; fractures; abrasions and lacerations