- In November 2012 Rebeccah Brown, MD found children under 16 continue to ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) –even after suffering serious injuries.
- In November 2011 The Safety Record found that young riders are not big or heavier enough to ride ATVs.
- The April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) found that the rapid rise in ATV-related injuries is due to increased use and also to the production of larger, faster, and more powerful vehicles.
- An ASOS study found that there is a significant risk of morbidity for children who sustain spinal cord injuries from All-terrain vehicle accidents.
- A study by researchers at the University of Kentucky found national size guidelines for all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are inadequate to ensure the safety of young riders.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study looked
at ATV-related injuries to children over a six-year period throughout
the state of Ohio and found that helmets did not provide any significant
protection for child ATV riders.
- The American College of Surgeons recently
did an assessment of the injury
and death rates among ATV riders in Oregon that were treated at trauma
centers. The study found that “an
alarming increase in the number of ATV…riders requiring treatment
in Oregon’s trauma centers,” with approximately 20% of
them being children under the age of 15.
- The Journal of Pediatric Surgery recently published a
found child injuries from ATV accidents are more severe than bicycle-related
injuries. ATV accidents are more likely to involve multiple injuries,
the need for operative intervention, and longer stays in hospitals. The
study also found that after these accidents, children continue to ride
ATVs and “safety behaviors are unaltered,” reinforcing
the need to enact a common sense safety standard that keeps children
under age 16 off these powerful vehicles
Stay tuned for additional studies on ATV Safety and Use
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