Every year ATV accidents take the lives of Iowa farmers and recreational riders. In a recent accident a pregnant mother was killed and a young passenger was injured. [LOGAN, Ia. (Iowa State Patrol Press Release) - A woman pregnant with twins was killed and her son injured in an ATV accident Monday afternoon.] I have covered ATV accidents in several blogs; listed below. To solve the problems involving safety the University of Iowa scientists are developing a virtual-reality stimulator to study how and why it is so easy to lose control of an ATV. It is unclear whether they focus of the study will develop into trying to figure out how to reduce the incidence of injury and death from these accidents.

“The Iowa State Patrol said it was on Morgan Avenue just North of Hwy 127 that 27-year-old Jordan Muxfeldt lost control of the 4-wheeler that she and her son 3-year-old were riding on. The ATV rolled and both were thrown onto the pavement.” Cedar Rapids Gazette

Places to find useful ATV safety tips:

  • Iowa laws about ATV’s are under transportation and Chapter 321G, Snowmobiles, Iowa Laws for 2015 governing snowmobiles. Please refer to the current code for the applicable laws. Laws current for 2016 are here.
  • 530 Consumer Fatalities with news links
  • News from Iowa’s WHO-TV, HARRISON COUNTY, Iowa - A Western Iowa woman is dead following an ATV accident in Harrison County. Video available at WHOT-TV-13
  • Cedar Rapids Gazette: University of Iowa scientists have created a virtual-reality simulator to study how and why hundreds of people a year lose control of ATVs and become injured or die. The work is a collaboration between the UI College of Engineering's Center for Computer-Aided Design and the UI Children's Hospital.
  • For ATV safety tips the National Safety Council and the ATV Safety Institute have information and a pamphlet for riders.
  • Link to the Lombardi Law Firm Practice areas for Motorcycle, Bike and ATV accidents. Call or email us for up-to-date advice concerning any ATV accident, injury or death claim.
  • Tips and Practice Guide for the All-Terrain Vehicle Rider

From the ATV Safety Institute are these golden rules.

The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules:

  1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  2. 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.
  3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
  5. Ride an ATV that's right for your age.
  6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
  7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  8. Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit ATVSafety.org or call 800.887.2887.
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