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ATVs

ATVs are defined as off-road recreational vehicles that may or may not be permitted for use on public roadways depending on a wide range of State regulations. An ATV generally has three or more low-pressure tires, a straddle seat, a handlebar for steering, and hand controls for braking and acceleration. As with any vehicle, proper training and education are important when operating an ATV. Because licensing requirements for on-road use of ATVs vary widely across States and because ATVs are manufactured in various sizes for both children and adults, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that education about ATV crashes is vital for safety even if they represented only 1  percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities from 2004 to 2013.
ATVs and Public Roadways: A Deadly Combination
Governing Magazine: Public roads pose particular safety risks for ATV riders. Research published in the health journal Injury Prevention found that accidents on public roads account for more than 60 percent of all ATV-related deaths, with the majority occurring on paved surfaces. Since 1998, ATV fatalities on roads have increased at more than twice the rate than those killed off-road through 2008.





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ATV-Related, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries (January 2010−August 2010)
The total estimated number of non-occupational, operational ATV-related, emergency department-treated injuries to drivers or passengers of ATVs between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2010 is 71,800. Extrapolated annually, the estimated number of non-occupational, operational ATV-related, emergency department-treated injuries to drivers or passengers of ATVs for 2010 is 101,000. 



To read the entire “National Estimates of Victim, Driver, and Incident Characteristics for ATV-Related, Emergency Department-Treated Injuries in the United States from January 2010 - August 2010 with an Analysis of Victim, Driver, and Incident Characteristics for ATV-Related Fatalities from 2005 through 2007” that was published in May 2014 please click here.