1 Dead, 2 Injured in Separate ATV Accidents: ATV Safety Tips
Two people were injured, and one person was killed after two separate all-terrain vehicle accidents.
The first accident happened Saturday night in Monona County and the second happened Sunday evening in Sergeant Bluff.
Both incidents raise safety concerns which is why Midwest Honda Suzuki gives a few tips on how to protect yourself.
They can be thrilling, fast and fun but...
"They can and do at times roll over. They've got a short wheel base; they are safe machines when ridden appropriately," says Rob Oliva, an employee at Midwest Honda Suzuki in Sioux City.
That's just it, ATV's are vehicles that have the capability of going up to 60 miles per hour.
"The same respect needs to be paid for anything with wheels. Just being aware of the fact that anything can happen and being prepared for it," he says.
Part of being safe means gearing up.
Even though it's not required by Iowa Law, having a helmet and goggles can help protect your head and keep the wind and dirt out of your eyes.
"You see people in competition with the sport ATV's and such where they'll wear the gloves and the body armor, and its rare to see someone that's maybe working with an ATV that's going to wear all that, but then again having a good over the ankle boot is good advise," says Oliva. "Possibly a pair of gloves but the Helmet being the most important."
A 13-year-old girl fell off the ATV her 17-year-old brother was driving in Sergeant Bluff Sunday. She broke her leg but luckily both were wearing helmets. It's still unclear what went wrong in Monona County where 31-year-old Nathan Derocher of Onawa died at the scene after his ATV collided with another driven by 21-year-old Dalton Brown. He was life flighted to Sioux City in serious condition.
These two accidents are clear reminders to be careful and ride them in safe places.
"ATV's should be ridden on the possibly posted ATV trails there's ATV parks to ride with them. Obviously people work with them on the farm, people ride them on their own personal property. But there are legal environments to be riding them in and illegal ones so I'd say by following the appropriate rules of operation you should be alight," says Oliva.
Anyone in Iowa between the ages of 12 and 17 are required to have an ATV education certificate. An online class is provided by the Iowa Department of natural Resources. It only takes 4-6 hours and can be completed in one day over the weekend.