The number of all-terrain vehicle accidents in Indiana has increased by more than half in from 2008 to 2012, according to state officials. In 2008, Indiana saw 153 accidents. As of Nov. 9 there have already been 231, with two months yet to go in the year.
While the increase in accidents have not been met with an increase in deaths, Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Angela Goldman says this year’s numbers are an indication riders are being careless.
“Riding beyond your ability accounts for a lot of them,” she says. “They just a little too crazy on them and then the 4 wheeler gets away from them. They’re big, they’re large and they’re heavy. And a lot of these accidents involve roll overs where the ATV ends up on top of the person.”
Xtreme ATV club founder Jerry Bannon thinks there should be a mandatory course for people when they first buy an ATV to teach them about the dangers.
“Showing off, that’s the most dangerous thing, but going up hills, down hills, they have to know how to shift their weight, because those will flip and going around curves,” he say. “If you don’t shift your weight it’s going to turn over on yeah.
Bannon says many riders do not properly consider the dangers of multiple people riding on the same vehicle.