Last year, six-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken Rouen was enjoying the outdoors riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV.) After hitting a curb, she went flying in the air and landed on the pavement with a severed spine. Amy was incredibly fortunate to be alive. Today, this champion is in a wheelchair, striving to achieve the ability to one day walk again.
Unfortunately, Amy’s story in not unique. In 2012, there were over 100,000 emergency visits for ATV-related injuries. Approximately 25% of these visits were with children younger than 16 years old.
Between 1982 and 2013, there were over 13,000 reports of ATV-related fatalities in the U.S., according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC.) Sadly, 23% of these were children under 16. (CPSC data: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/ATV-Safety-Information-Center)
In the last decade, ATVs have become popular not only for recreation but also for transportation on farms and ranches. Along with this increased use in the U.S., we have also seen an increase in injuries and fatalities.
ATVs can be a fun recreational sport and a very useful vehicle on the farm if drivers take safety precautions. If you are considering using an ATV, we urge you to follow these important recommendations from the National Safety Council (NSC):
Inspect before riding. In addition, you should always complete a thorough inspection before riding. Here are the key questions to ask:
(Information adapted from Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC,) ATV Safety Institute (ASI), and National Safety Council (NSC) websites.)
Do you have questions about ATV safety?
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