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ATV Accident Facts and Statistics

ATV accident statistics, compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), track the number of fatal and non-fatal injuries that have occurred in ATV accidents since the early 1980s. These facts give us insight into the severity of ATV accidents and who is most at risk.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an ATV accident, these facts and statistics may help you to put your situation into context and recognize the risks of ATV use in the US. To gain a better understanding of the facts related to your specific case, as well as how best to protect your legal rights, please contact our qualified ATV attorneys today for a free consultation where you can learn more about your legal options.

Read on to learn about recent ATV accident facts and statistics published by the CPSC.

ATV accident facts and statistics

  • In 1985, 400,000 ATVs were in operation in the US. Today, 9.2 million ATVs are used in the United States.

ATV fatalities

  • Between 1982 and 2008, 9,633 people have died in ATV accidents.
  • 516 of these fatal ATV accident victims were in California
  • 2,588 of these victims were under the age of 16 (over 1,100 of these were children younger than 12)
  • Children under the age of 16 account for 27% of all ATV accident fatalities
  • In the last 10 years, the number of children killed in off-road vehicle accidents increased by 88 percent

ATV accident injuries

  • In 2008, 135,100 people were seriously injured in ATV accidents
  • Of these injured people, 28 percent-or 37,700-were under the age of 16.
  • Over the last 10 years, the number of children hospitalized because of ATV accident injuries increased by 109 percent
  • Over 44,000 children were hospitalized due to accidents on ATVs in 2005 compared to 19,300 in 1995.
  • The injury risk for children drivers is much higher compared to drivers older than 16, 7.6 percent and 5.1 percent respectively.
  • 63 percent of those children injured in ATV accidents are harmed while driving the ATV.
  • ATV riding has the highest risk of injuries requiring hospitalization compared to 33 other sports, including snowboarding, wrestling, football, basketball, and skateboarding.

Cost of ATV accidents

  • The CPSC estimates that ATV accidents requiring medical treatment for injuries to children under the age of 16 total $2.5 billion in each year. These costs include medical and economic costs and emotional trauma.
  • ATV deaths to children and related economical costs increased from $493 million in 1999 to $723 in 2003, according to a 2007 study published in the journal Pediatrics.
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