Category: ATV Accidents
All terrain vehicles (ATVs) may be deceiving. They do not require a license to drive. Many parents believe they are a safe toy for children. However, this is not the case.
There are warning labels included with ATVs which instruct riders never to operate on roadways, and the industry-backed Specialty Vehicle Institute of America calls for the prohibition of ATVs on public roads, except for the purpose of crossing them.
There are more than 700 deaths and 100,000 injuries each year involving ATVs. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Highway Loss Data Institute), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not designed for on-highway use, but in recent years, more than 300 riders died in crashes on public roads annually.
In June 2014 Amy Van Dyken, six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. The local police department said that the ATV she was driving hit a restaurant parking lot curb and sent her over a drop-off of between five to seven feet.
ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are often used by adults and teenagers for work and recreation. However, ATVs can be very dangerous. In fact, according to recently-released United States Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics on ATVs, hundreds of people have lost their lives in ATV accidents in Florida and many more have sustained serious injuries.
In 2011 there were an estimated 107,500 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries in the United States, 27% of which were children younger than 16. (CPSC 2011 Annual Report - Issued February 2013)