20130630.Stewartstown, N.H. Photo by Fred Field Andrew Leas, 13, of Strafford, NH cruised along an ATV trail in Stewartstown, NH. Retired Businessman Harry Brown is trying to bring ATV tourism to Coos County, a remote corner of New Hampshire that never quite recovered after its paper mills closed. ATV riding is big business in other eastern states.
ATV riding is big business in other eastern states.
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Peter Stavrou, 27, was not wearing a helmet when he crashed an ATV in Vermont and died Thursday night. Vermont State Police said he hit a pool of water and was “ejected from the vehicle.”

The Malden, Massachusetts, resident was driving on a trail in Glover around 8 p.m. when the accident happened. He was pronounced dead at a hospital as a result of his injuries, according to the Associated Press.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly 568 US adults die each year from ATV accidents. August is the peak month for ATV-related fatalities, with about 103 deaths occurring in that month per year.

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The majority of these deaths — 33 percent — occur on paved surfaces. Nine percent occur in forests or wooded areas.

The CPSC recommends that riders always wear helmets, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts.