Death or serious injury may occur as the result of accidents involving 3- and 4-wheeled recreational vehicles. Thirty-two cases of such trauma requiring hospitalization at the University of Missouri Hospital were reviewed, and followup questionnaires sent to each patient. Head and extremity trauma was nine times as frequent as torso injuries. Males were injured in 81% of the cases, and the average ages of all patients was 18.6 years. Fifty percent required intensive-care monitoring and 74% required surgery. Two patients died of head injuries. Of the 25 survivors who responded to the questionnaires 44 % reported either inability to return to work or substantial interference with daily living due to their injuries. Inexperience riding the vehicle, prior use of alcohol, and lack of protective riding apparel were frequently cited as contributing factors in these injuries.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • Greene, M A
    • Metzler, M H
  • Publication Date: 1988

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  • Accession Number: 00490969
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1990 12:00AM