Study Reveals Severe Injuries to Kids Caused by ATV Accidents Have Risen Sharply


October 22, 2013

While many kids engage in off road recreational activities on ATVs, a recent study conducted by Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons reveal that young riders tend to suffer a disproportionate number of severe injuries and fatalities in ATV accidents.  The recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics revealed that the number of kids admitted into hospitals for injuries suffered in ATV accidents increased by 240 percent over a ten year period.

The researchers who studied data from the Kids’ Inpatient Database found that increases in the power and popularity of ATVs has led to substantial increases in the prevalence of ATV crashes as well as the severity of injuries.  During the same ten year period that the study revealed a 240 percent increase in ATV crashes, the researchers also determined that the frequency of ATV-related spinal injuries suffered by kids increased by 476 percent.  The researchers also found that older kids and girls were more likely to suffer spinal injuries than boys which is the reverse of what is typically the case in trauma studies.

The authors of the study reached a number of other conclusions that include the following:

  1. Musculoskeletal injuries are the most prevalent type of ATV accident injury suffered by kids.
  2. Physicians treating ATV collision injuries in kids should also consider the potential for associated injuries including noncontiguous spinal injuries.
  3. Associated injuries that frequently are experienced by kids using ATVs include thoracic trauma, appendicular skeletal fractures, closes head injuries, abdominal trauma, neurologic injuries, spinal fractures and thoracic trauma.

Our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys urge parents to be cautious about allowing their kids to use ATVs.  These motor vehicles can weigh hundreds of pounds but lack the stability and safety features of other motor vehicles like airbags, airbags and seatbelts.  If parents would not let their kids drive the family car with all these safety features, parents should give serious consideration to whether kids can safely operate an ATV.

A fatal ATV accident involving a 16-year-old girl in central Georgia this summer provides a recent reminder of the severe risk associated with ATC crashes.  Houston County sheriff’s officials indicated the ATV was being driven by the teen girl’s friend when it tipped over as the driver tried to negotiate a turn.  Both the driver and the passenger on the ATV were thrown from the vehicle.  The results of the recent study reveal that this tragic fatal ATV accident was not an isolated or unexpected event when kids operate ATVs.

If you or someone close to you is injured in an ATV rollover crash, our Georgia ATV accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.  No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).  You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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