The Consumer Product Safety Commission released their annual statistics to coincide with the seasonal peak in accidents and deaths. The monthly peak accident time for ATV use is July.
The average annual fatality rate is “nearly” 700 per year from 2004 to 2010. The emergency-room visits for the same period were 136,000 per year on average.
So far in 2012, the preliminary statistics show 130 adults and 28 children (under age 16) have died in ATV related accidents.
The commission says the injuries and deaths occur from these primary factors:
· An inexperienced driver loses control
· A driver/rider is thrown from the vehicle
· Collision with a fixed object
· The vehicle overturns on the rider/passenger
The following tips could save a life or injury:
· Take a safety course
· Wear protective gear
· Don’t allow passengers on a single rider machine
· Don’t drive on paved roads
· Don’t let kids under 16 ride unsupervised
There are many places to ride ATV’s and off road motorcylces north of Truckee. Just use common sense and watch your kids. Check to see if you have cell coverage and know how to find Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee.