ATV Injuries and Prevention
- Collision with fixed objects
Life-threatening injuries include significant head, facial, chest, spinal cord and orthopedic trauma. 61% of reported fractures are classified as open or
Alcohol intoxication continues to be associated with the majority of fatalities. Data from the 2006 Wisconsin DNR Annual Report revealed alcohol use as a contributing factor in 56% of the fatal accidents and lack of helmet use in 77% of these incidents.
Prevention Efforts and Education
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - in conjunction with the 4-H Council, NASCAR legend Richard Petty and ATV racing champion John Natalie - have launched a major campaign to "drive down deaths and serious injuries associated with all terrain vehicles."
It is important to educate your community on injury prevention DO's and Do NOT's.
- DO wear a helmet
DO wear long-sleeved shirt/jacket, long pants and nonskid boots
- DO take an ATV safety course
- DO know the terrain
- Do NOT allow a child to operate or ride on an adult-size ATV
- Do NOT ride tandem on a one-person ATV
- Do NOT ride alone
- Do NOT ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Andrea L. Williams, PhD, RN
Trauma Program Manager,
UW Level I Trauma Center