Dirt bikes, while fun, recreational vehicles, can be dangerous if not used correctly and if riders do not follow the law. Dirt bike accidents are common – especially among young males and especially among those who do not think to wear protective gear simply because they are riding their vehicle off-road.
In Washington, no one under 13 years old may operate a dirt bike. However, helmets are required for all dirt bike riders. You do not have to have a license to ride a dirt bike or take any sort of operator test. Because of these somewhat lax restrictions on dirt bike usage in Washington State, many young boys – boys who can’t even legally drive cars – find themselves injured in dirt bike accidents.
In addition, dirt bikes are off-road vehicles often seen as recreational toys. Many ride dirt bikes for thrills, and engage in racing and tricks. While some of these activities can be done safety, others drive in a reckless manner that can lead to dirt bike accidents, head injuries, and even fatalities. Also, as in all other types of motorized vehicle accidents, and as in Washington’s most recent dirt bike accident, drinking and alcohol is often a factor in off-road biking accidents.