Fatalities in Traffic Crashes Involving All‑Terrain Vehicles

Traffic fatalities related to on-road all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) represented 1 percent of total motor vehicle traffic fatalities each year from 2004 to 2013. The yearly ATV-related fatality counts from 2004 to 2013 ranged from a low of 307 in 2012 to a high of 381 in 2008. Most of these ATV-related fatalities were ATV occupants who were (in no particular order and mutually exclusive): ATV operators (drivers), unhelmeted, killed in single-vehicle crashes, male, killed in rural areas, killed during the weekend, killed during nighttime, and killed between May and September. The majority of ATV occupant fatalities (operators and passengers) were 15 to 24 years old. From 2004 to 2013, an estimated 39 percent of ATV operators involved in fatal crashes were legally alcohol-impaired with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher, compared to 28 percent for motorcycle operators, 23 percent for passenger car drivers, and 22 percent for light-truck drivers. The States with the highest number of ATV occupant fatalities from 2004 to 2013 were West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas. This research note uses data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to analyze the crash characteristics and factors associated with many of the ATV-related fatalities.


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  • Accession Number: 01579179
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 193
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2015 12:14PM