ATVs are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles. ATVs can travel at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour and can weigh in excess of 700 pounds. ATVs can easily roll and tip over. Their unpredictable nature in off-road conditions makes training and proper use essential.
Increase in ATV Related Deaths
Over the years, the number of ATV accidents has steadily increased. In just the years from 1998 to 2006, the number of reported deaths and estimated deaths tripled. In 1998 there were an estimated 287 deaths associated with ATVs. In 2006 there was an estimated 882 deaths associated with ATVs. Consider also that personal injury from atv accidents increased along the same lines, totaling 67,000 emergency-room treated injuries in 1998 with 150,000 in 2006. About one-third of ATV-related deaths and injuries involve children. Accident lawyers represent atv accident victims.
ATV Accidents in the Workplace
Although the majority of all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related injuries and deaths occur during recreational use, ATV use in America’s workplaces is widespread and increasing, particularly in the agricultural industry. Injury and fatality statistics for ATV recreational use may provide some information about likely trends in the workplace. In September 2005, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a report indicating that ATV-related fatalities rose from 29 in 1982 to 470 in 2004, and injuries rose to an all-time high of 136,100 for 2004, with over 800,000 injuries reported in the last 10 years.
Although these statistics were only for recreational use of ATVs (occupational injury data for ATVs is not collected, compiled and reported in the same manner as that for recreational use), employees who use ATVs while doing their jobs are exposed to hazards similar to those experienced by recreational users. Data on occupational injuries provided to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by employers includes over 100 occupational fatalities involving ATVs during the last ten (10) years. Fatalities and injuries appear to have occurred at a steady rate during the last several years. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) investigation data includes 50 workplace accidents in the last ten (10) years that resulted in a workplace injury or fatality and involved an ATV. As ATV use increases in the workplace, employers and employees can reduce the risk of injury by modifying work practices, operating ATVs within manufacturer’s limitations, wearing helmets, and obtaining vehicle-specific training.