ATV Safety Project
All-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related crashes involving children are a growing problem in the United States. In 2010, there were about 115,000 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries. Of those, 28,300 (25 percent) involved children under 16.
Tennessee ranked sixth nationally in reported ATV-relate fatalities between 2007-2010, with 101 reported. Recent research indicates that children under 16 continue to suffer a disproportionate share of injuries, do not wear helmets, and fail to receive formal ATV training.
Children are more prone to ATV injuries because of their lack of experience operating motorized vehicles, lack of psychomotor control and coordination, and lack of judgment leading to risky behavior and poor decision-making. ATV injuries tend to be more severe than others.
The Trauma Injury Prevention Program aims to limit the number of deaths and injuries caused by ATV crashes in Tennessee by increasing awareness about the best practices for safe riding.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt fully supports the American Academy of Pediatrics' and the American College of Surgeons' recommendation that children 16 and under should not ride ATVs due to the high risk of serious injuries. If parents still believe this is an activity their child may pursue, an ATV rider safety course can provide proper training and education.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides safety tips for ATV use.
ATVSafety.gov, managed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), identifies the following three restrictions as the current legislation on ATV safety in the state of Tennessee:
- All riders (operators and passengers) on four-wheeled ATVs in designated state park riding areas must wear helmets and eye protection at all times.
- Three-wheeled ATVs are not allowed in state parks.
- ATV use on highways is not allowed, except to cross these roads.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- ATV Safety Institute
- ATV Safety PDF
- Nashville Parent Magazine Ad
- Injury Free Coalition for Kids
- Children's Safety Network
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