ATV Injuries Continue To Decrease Year After Year- Kudos To The Industry New
ATV Injuries Continue To Decrease Year After Year- Kudos To The Industry
Over the years of 2008-2018 overall ATV related injuries have gone down 38 percent. In the 2017-2018 ATV related injuries dropped 13 percent. Now that is good news! You hear all these stories about ATV and UTV related injuries and even deaths, but you don't hear these statistics outside the industry. It is so important we all do our part to educate our friends and family regarding ATV and UTV safety. We know that accidents are called accidents because they are unexpected, but we are amazed at how many people assume an accident will not happen to them. We encourage all riders to wear a helmet, gloves, eye protection, long pants, long sleeve shirts, and over the ankles boots when they ride. We do know that many do not, so we implore you to wear at least a helmet, gloves, boots, and pants when riding an area that is not your own property. UTV riders out there, why in the world would you not take a second to click that safety belt. That just makes no sense to not use it at the very least. Please, jut do it.
All of these safety standards are imperative with kids. Parents be the parents! Kids need protection! We can't count on our hands how many events or riding spots we have been where parents let their kids ride (or drive) unprotected, and worse, on ATVs far bigger than they should be riding. It takes very little understanding to know that is a recipe for disaster.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2018 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries, released in February 2020, confirms that injuries related to all-terrain vehicles continue to decline.
Assessing a 10-year period (2009-2018), CPSC staff cited a statistically significant overall decrease of 38 percent in ATV-related emergency department-treated injury estimates. The decrease of 13 percent in the estimated number of ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries from 2017 to 2018 also was found to be statistically significant.
“The commitment to safety education and training by the member companies of the ATV Safety Institute and the CPSC is clearly contributing to the decline in ATV injuries,” said Erik Pritchard, ATV Safety Institute chief executive officer. “The ATV Safety Institute aggressively reaches out to new ATV owners to urge them to take our free hands-on training and our e-Courses to learn and practice our eight Golden Rules for ATV Safety.
“And we continue to plan our seventh annual ATV Safety Week, currently slated for June, when anyone who owns an ATV can get free hands-on training from ASI licensed instructors at locations throughout the country,” Pritchard said.
ATV owners and non-owners should visit ATVSafety.org for more information about ATV Safety Week. An announcement with more details about how adults and their families can register for training during ATV Safety Week will be made in April.
The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules
- Always wear a Department of Transportation (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.
- Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit ATVsafety.org or call 800.887.2887.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute develops rider training programs and promotes the safe and responsible use of ATVs. ASI works to reduce crashes and injuries resulting from improper ATV use. Formed in 1988, ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. For safety information or to enroll in an ATV RiderCourse nearest you, visit atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.