Because of the numerous dangers that All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have caused to owners and riders, a more improved version has been introduced in the market just recently. Utility Terrain Vehicles or (UTVs) resemble ATVs at first glance; however, there are significant safety enhancements that are present in UTVs. Some of these safety features include:
- Increased payload to cater to a wide range of activities.
- Extra width and length to reduce chances of tipping over.
- Lower positioning of load, reducing the UTV's center of gravity.
With these improvements, many consumers were definitely impressed and started selling their ATVs in favor of the new UTV. However, UTV owners should still be aware of possible risks in driving UTVs. If you own a utility terrain vehicle, here are some tips for you to prevent any accidents:
- Read and understand the UTV guide â€“ Controls and handling are usually included in the manual of UTVs. Owners should read the manual thoroughly before using the UTV.
- Do not overload the UTV â€“ The UTV may become difficult to maneuver if it is too heavy.
- Do not allow children to ride it alone â€“ Children should always be accompanied by an adult when riding a UTV.
- Use the UTV only in its intended functions â€“ If the utility terrain vehicle is used in other things, it may not function properly.
- Never take your UTV on the highway unless your city or state permits it â€“ Some states allow ATVs and UTVs while others don't. Consult with a legal expert to verify this information.
Once you or a family member was injured because of the UTV, do not hesitate to report it to the manufacturer. Here are some steps that you need to take:
- Determine if the accident was caused by you or your family member's negligence.
- If the injuries resulted from unavoidable dangers in the UTV, contact a personal injury or product liability attorney.
- Demand a product recall and compensation from the UTV manufacturer.
No matter how safe a vehicle is, if its operator is not careful, accidents and other unfortunate situations would still happen. UTV owners should be aware with the proper use of their equipment in order to prevent such instances.