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CORYDON, In. (WDRB) -- Beautiful Southern Indiana country side, a clear blue sky, and an ATV. For Gabe Talley, it's the life.
"I love riding ATVs. I love the outdoors. I spend a lot of time riding. You feel free," Talley explained.
Whether it's on a trail or out in a field, Talley knows all too well that his fun on a four-wheeler can come with a cost.
"I was going around a corner. The grass was slippery, the tires slipped, and it tipped up on its side and rolled over on me," Talley said.
Talley made it through that crash with just bruises, but other Hoosier riders haven't been as lucky.
"We've had a lot of ATV accidents, including serious ones and some fatalities this summer," Conservation Officer, Jim Shrek said.
13 people to date in the state of Indiana have been killed. That number is already higher than in 2011, and it's getting close to the death toll in 2010.
Shrek says to avoid death or serious injury-- helmets, goggles, and gloves are a must.
"You'd be amazed by how many people don't wear helmets," Shrek said.
Also, pay attention to the tire pressure. It needs to be kept at a low level. Higher pressure leads to more accidents. Most ATVs are not meant for two people. Riding with more than one person puts both people in serious danger. Finally, don't speed. So many crashes are due to the person on the four-wheeler going far too fast.
With one of the busiest ATV riding seasons ahead, following safety guidelines is the only way to prevent a fun time in the fall from turning into a tragedy.