Deadly ATV Accidents Prompt Safety Reminders

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An ATV accident took the life of a 76-year-old Ericson, Nebraska woman on Friday. It was the second deadly ATV accident in Nebraska this month. With the warmer weather, experts are stressing the importance of safety when operating all-terrain vehicles.

The ATV Safety Institute offers e-courses as well as in-person training classes. One of the most important lessons people learn is that an ATV can be much more dangerous than a conventional vehicle.

“That ATV can actually flip over on you,” says Michael Kraft of Grand Island Kart & Cycle. “It can take a leg and drag you behind. There are things that unit can do that people don't realize, unlike being in a car where you are protected inside.”

Experts say no one under 16 should ride an ATV. Should you ever be in an unsafe situation, dealerships say most ATVs have a kill switch so you can shut off operations immediately.

In Friday's accident, Jeanette Peters' husband was trying to move the ATV up a ramp when he accelerated instead of braking, causing the four-wheeler to pin his wife against a building. Peters was flown to a Kearney hospital where she later died. A funeral is planned for Tuesday in Ord.

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