As more than 100 fires burn in the state of Florida, the Florida Forest Service and Hernando County Injury Lawyers Whittel & Melton want to remind everyone of good fire prevention techniques. Dirt bike and ATV riders, in particular, need to be on alert.
Riders should have a spark arrestor to minimize the risk of sparks flying from the muffler. Arrestors often come standard on ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles). The arrestor goes inside the muffler and it has chambers, so if a spark was to come through the motor and through the pipe, it wouldn’t make it out the pipe.
Any off-roading vehicle that enters an area run by the Florida Forest Service is required to have spark arrestors installed.
The Forest Service also encourages people to not park their cars on dry grass, because a car’s catalytic converter can get extremely hot and spark a fire.
All-terrain vehicles come in many shapes and sizes: three wheeler’s, four wheeler’s, six wheeler’s, work ATV’s, utility ATV’s, 4-wheel drive utility ATV’s, golf cars, sport ATV’s, side by sides, sand rail, dune buggy, and many other varieties. Regardless of what they are called, the dangers are very real.
Even when all safety precautions are followed, ATVs can present dangers. If you or a family member has been involved in an accident resulting in injury or wrongful death, our Hernando County ATV Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand if you have a legitimate claim for compensation.