Let's face the facts. There are a lot of idiots out there that ride ATV's in unsafe and/or illegal manners; like the guy in this animated GIF on a Yamaha Banshee. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but whether riding epic trails on the farm or the streets of Philly, helmets really do saves lives.
ATV riders who do not wear helmets are more likely to receive significant injuries to the head, face, and neck. Helmets have been known to reduce the risk of fatalities in ATV accidents by 42 percent.They have also been known to reduce the possibility of a non-fatal head injury by 64 percent.
Besides the safety factor of wearing a brain bucket, helmets also help to prevent bugs from getting in your hair, block wind noise and prevent costly tickets in some states. Do you know the ATV laws in your state? If your answer is no, then I suggest checking out the ATV State Legislative Resource Bank.
Do you wear a helmet while riding? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.