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Definition: Off-road vehicles (ORVs) are any three-or four-wheeled vehicle that has a motor and is designed for riding on unpaved surfaces. Examples of ORVs include All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, jet skis, and motor bikes.

Magnitude of the Problem: According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • 55 children under the age of 16 died in 2010 as a result of ATV-related injuries, representing 17% of all ATV-related deaths.
    • 47% of these child deaths occurred in children younger than 12
  • An estimated 14,100 children under age 12 were injured in ATV-related incidents in 2010. This accounts for 12% of all ATV-related injuries.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • In 1997, 12,600 people were injured as a result of snowmobiles
    • 18% were children under 14 years of age
    • 48% were ages 15-24
  • 43% of pediatric snowmobile-related injuries occurred on private property where snowmobile use restrictions do not apply

Prevention: Some States have passed laws related to ATVs and youth, such as mandating the use of safety equipment; safety education courses; and minimum operator age requirements. Other prevention strategies include educating parents and youth about the skills needed to operate an ATV, the importance of supervision based on developmental skill level, personal protective equipment, having an ATV that is appropriate to the size of the operator, and the dangers of having passengers on ATVs.

Few States have enacted snowmobile-related age restrictions or helmet laws. Children as young as 8 years old may legally operate a snowmobile in some States. Age restrictions, graduated licensing, and safety education courses would also be an appropriate intervention to preventing snowmobile related injuries and fatalities in children and youth.

Drowning Prevention courses can be useful for teaching safety skills for jet skiers and preventing injury.

Specialty Vehicle Institute of America

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ATVsafety.gov

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All-Terrain Vehicles

CSN released this infographic on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which includes information on ATV-related fatalities, ATV risk factors, and ATV safety tips.

Print version of ATV Infographic

ATV infographic

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Injury Prevention and Recreational All-Terrain Vehicle Use: The Impact of Helmet Use in West Virginia | WV Medical Journal

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a popular source of outdoor activity in the United States, particularly in West Virginia. During the period of time from 1999 to 2007, deaths associated with ATVs in West Virginia increased by 28%. Helmet use among bicycle and motorcycle riders has been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality following trauma. The findings of this study from the WV Medical Journal support previous studies documenting that helmet use is protective against intracranial injury and other injuries of the head and neck.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - ATV Safety

The U.S. Consumer Project Safety Commission works to keep consumers safe from hazardous products that cause injuries or death. This webpage provides ATV safety tips and information.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/540.html

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Snowmobiling Hazards

Snowmobiles continue to pose a significant risk to children younger than 15 years and adolescents and young adults 15 through 24 years of age. Head injuries remain the leading cause of mortality and serious morbidity, arising largely from snowmobilers colliding, falling, or overturning during operation. Children also were injured while being towed in a variety of conveyances by snowmobiles. No uniform code of state laws governs the use of snowmobiles by children and youth.

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Personal Watercraft Use by Children and Adolescents

The use of personal watercraft (PWC) has increased dramatically during the past decade as have the speed and mobility of the watercraft. A similar dramatic increase in PWC-related injury and death has occurred simultaneously. No one younger than 16 years should operate a PWC. The operator and all passengers must wear US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. Other safety recommendations are suggested for parents and pediatricians.

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