sATV Risks Highlighted by Consumer Product Safety Commission

Our Portland injury lawyers know that riding ATVs can seem like a fun summer pastime. But unfortunately these recreational vehicles can be very dangerous. To illustrate just how dangerous, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently created an infographic. 1115332_atv_driver.jpg

The CPSC’s new infographic uses several different charts and pictures to drive home the point that ATVs present major risks to adults and kids alike. The infographic is called “Big Real Rough Tough Deadly ATVs” and is something every ATV rider and parent should take a look at.

The ATV Statistics in the Infographic

The Infographic contains a great deal of important information that can shed some light on the high number of ATV-related deaths and injuries. According to the various pictures and charts published by the CPSC:

  • The number of ATV-related deaths has declined each year since a peak of 833 in 2006, but there were still 590 fatalities in 2010.
  • In 2010, the last year for which data is available, there were 82 children under the age of 16 who were killed in an ATV-related incident. There were 508 adults who lost their lives due to ATV-related deaths.
  • The top states where people died due to ATV crashes from 1982 through 2007 included California, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York.
  • The highest average number of reported ATV deaths occurred in July. From the time period of 2005 to 2007, there were 102 deaths. Eighty-five of the deaths were adults and 18 of the deaths were kids under the age of 16.
  • August had the second highest number of ATV deaths from 2005 to 2007, with 100 deaths. Nineteen of those deaths were kids and 81 were adults.
  • In the year 2011 alone, there were more than 100,000 injuries as a result of ATV incidents. Almost 30 percent of those injuries were sustained by children under the age of 16.
  • Twenty-nine percent of ATV injuries involved the arms and hands. The arms and hands were the body parts most likely to be harmed due to an ATV.
  • The head and neck were the second most likely body part to be injured, with 28 percent of the injuries in 2011 affecting the head or neck.
  • The torso, legs and feet were other top body parts frequently injured in ATV accidents.
  • On average, 556 adults and 149 kids died each year in ATV accidents from 2001 to 2007.
  • Those who died in ATV accidents were in a wide variety of different locations including on paved surfaces; on unpaved roads; in the forest or woods; on fields or farmland; or on deserts, beaches or sand dunes. The most common area for fatalities to occur, however, was the pavement. Thirty-three percent of ATV deaths from 2005 to 2007 occurred on paved surfaces.

As these statistics show, riding an ATV can be dangerous, especially on pavement and especially for kids. With July the most dangerous month, it is more important than ever to follow CPSC tips for avoiding an ATV crash such as securing proper training, wearing a helmet and not having more riders on the ATV than the manufacturer recommends.

If you have been injured contact Peter Thompson & Associates for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-804-2004.

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