Springfield Crash Raises ATV Safety Awareness

 Just Thursday night, two men lost control of an ATV and hit a tree in Springfield.  Riders are finding out these vehicles require specific safety precautions.  Don't be fooled by the 4 wheels, ATVs require almost the same amount of caution as motorcycles.

"I tried to go up too steep of a hill and the 4-wheeler flipped over, through me down the hill, and then rolled down after me and landed on me," said Chris Brundridge.

Kenneth McWilliams, another rider, said, "Wasn't paying attention when I was coming around a corner and it high-sided and flipped over and I broke my collar bone."

In 2011, more than 100,000 people ended up in emergency-rooms from ATV accidents.  327 of those were fatal.

"Sometimes you look at something and go, maybe I can do it.. well.. no.. you couldn't," said Brundridge.

ATV manufacturers say one of the main problems is that ATV's have low-pressure tires that aren't designed for paved roads like highways or public side streets.

"Try to stay off roads and all that because that's where a lot of major accidents happen," said Brundridge.

Highway safety research shows that two-thirds of fatal ATV crashes occur on these types of roads.

"You're supposed to use those on designated tracks, under certain areas," said ATV dealer, Josh Peterson.

Dealers also say that riders don't learn their lesson after their first accident.

"I never broke anything, so until then, I may not," said Brundridge.

McWilliams said, "You see the same things on bikes too.  You know, guys will get into a bad accident and some of them still just don't where a helmet.  I guess they like the risk."

What many don't know is that there are safety classes for those who want to lower that risk.

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