Who Is at Risk of Suffering an ATV Accident?

Approximately one-third of ATV injuries affect children under 16. Boys are more at risk than girls, and inexperienced riders are more at risk for ATV-related emergency room visits. Additionally, riders who don't follow the safety rules, or who operate the ATV under the influence of alcohol or drugs, have an increased risk of being in an ATV Accident and have an increased risk of being injured.

Children are more likely to suffer severe ATV accidents, and boys are more exposed to the risk than girls. The injury rate for boys was approximately twice as high as for girls, with close to 16,000 boys between the ages of 11 and 15 injured compared to around 7,700 girls. Inexperienced riders are also at increased risk together with individuals who did not complete safety training or who ride less frequently.

Research shows that adolescent and teenage ATV riders have more catastrophic injuries and more head injuries than any other age group. Also, children often lack the physical strength, fine motor skills, and cognitive abilities, to operate ATVs properly, so their risk of injury is greater than that of adults.

The Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons both advise preventing all children under the age of 16 from using all-terrain vehicles, also known as ATVs.

However, if parents allow their kids to ride an ATV, the following safety measures are strongly recommended:

  • Always wear protective gear, especially a helmet, when riding ATVs. 
  • Don't drive ATVs with a passenger or ride as a passenger.
  • Take a hands-on safety training course if one is available in your area.
  • Do not let kids drive ATVs on paved roads because they are difficult to control. 
  • Don't let children drive or ride adult ATVs.

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