Knowing Your Limits: ATV Crashes Lead To Warnings From DNR Officials (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM EDT

NORTHEAST Indiana (www.incnow.tv) --- Exceed your experience level on an all-terrain vehicle, and you're asking for trouble.

That warning comes from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which worked a number of ATV crashes across the Hoosier state this past weekend.

As the warmer weather returns, so do the four-wheeler mishaps.

Six different ATV accidents happened between Friday and Sunday, including a couple in Northeast Indiana.

Spring weather draws people and their four wheelers to wooded areas and trails.

On Friday, a 13-year old Kosciusko County boy was thrown from an ATV as he tried to jump a ramp.

His injuries were not life threatening.

Conservation officers say problems pop up when you try stunts that you're not prepared for, or when you throw caution to the wind in surroundings you’re not familiar with.

Another danger conservation officers speak of has to do with drag racing.

" Everyone wants to see whose machine is just a little bit faster, so we get a lot of complaints in the counties about people racing up and down the roadway. But you want to check with your local sheriff department as to whether (your) actual county is open for off-road vehicle traffic on the roadway," said Corporal Patrick Heidenreich, a conservation officer who operates out of the DNR’s Columbia City offices.

Regarding the mishaps from this area, a 15-year old Auburn girl was thrown when she sideswiped a tree near Corunna.

She was treated and released.

The Kosciusko County crash, involving the 13-year old boy, could have turned out tragic had he not been wearing a helmet.

Head injuries are a huge threat on four-wheelers, because you can easily go flying off the front onto your head.

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