Kids More Severely Injured From ATVs Than Vehicle Crashes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Kids are more severely injured from ATV-related accidents compared to motor vehicle crashes.

That’s according, to Thomas Pranikoff, M.D., professor of pediatric surgical sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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Pranikoff said there are several factors that make ATVs more dangerous for children who could be killed or severely injured including; younger drivers and lack of safety equipment. He also said other factors include; risky driving behavior, and the fact ATVs are more powerful machines.

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Prainkoff along with colleagues reviewed data from 16 published studies from 2000 to 2010. They discovered in 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 99,600 ATV-related injuries that required emergency department treatment. At least 25-percent of those injured were children under the age of 16. 

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The most common causes of ATV injuries for children include vehicle rollover, crashing into an object, and ejection from the vehicle.

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