RCMP were called to a single ATV rollover on a rural property north of Hanna on Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 PM. The subsequent investigation revealed that a 56-year-old man was the lone operator of a 3 wheel ATV. At some point, the ATV rolled over causing Injuries resulted in the man's death.The male driver was not wearing a helmet which is also believed to have been a factor in the level of injuries sustained.
The male driver was not wearing a helmet which is also believed to have been a factor in the level of injuries sustained.
Although rollovers are possible on both three and four-wheel ATV's, three wheel ATV's are inherently prone to rolling over because of only having one wheel in the front. When turning sharply, the single front wheel doesn't provide enough stability to keep the ATV upright and can result in the machine flipping over.
Alberta legislation doesn't require the use of helmets on private land but it is recommended that people wear helmets at all times when operating ATV's. It is also recommended, especially if riding alone, that you let someone know where you will be riding and when to expect you back.
(mailphoto by Terri Huxley)