With summer temperatures hitting much of the US this week, this is a timely topic.
In the most recent year for which data is available (2013), there were 99,600 ATV accidents in the US that required treatment at an Emergency Room. One-quarter of these involved riders younger than 16. That’s approximately 25,000 kids.
Five states account for 80% of child deaths on ATVs: Texas, California, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission actually warns against having kids drive or ride as a passenger on an adult ATV. That and the lack of safety gear are what make this a public health nuisance and a contributor to health insurance rates.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “ATV-related injuries in children remain large public health problem.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 April 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170415182157.htm>.
US Government Accountability Office, “All Terrain Vehicles,” April 2010.
US Consumer Products Safety Comission, “Five States Account for 25 Percent of All Reported ATV-Related Deaths in the United States,” 17 Feb. 2017.