Any personal injury in a vehicle can be caused by operator error. But it has been proven that an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) can have design defects that make them risky to ride even at slow speeds. The problem? They flip over easily.
The ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules:
Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
According to the 2014 ATV Annual Report, which was released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in November 2015:
In 2014, there were an estimated 93,700 ATV-related, emergency department-treated injuries in the United States. An estimated 26 percent of these involved children younger than 16 years of age.
As of December 31, 2014, CPSC staff received reports of 13,617 ATV-related fatalities occurring between 1982 and 2014. CPSC staff received reports of 385 ATV-related fatalities occurring in 2014, 547 occurring in 2013, and 574 occurring in 2012. Reporting for the years 2012 through 2014 is ongoing; these numbers are expected to increase in future reports.