Young Riders: All-Terrain Vehicle Use in North Texas

This article reports on a study of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use in North Texas by young riders, focusing on the injuries that children and adolescents sustain on ATVs. The authors share the experience at Children's Medical Center Dallas, which admitted 211 patients over a 5-year period (March 2002 until May 2007) as a result of ATV-related incidents. Most of these incidents (n = 207) involved patients aged 13 years or younger. In 148 cases, the rider was not wearing a helmet or any form of protective gear. The demographic data showed that 144 of the injured children were boys and 67 were girls; 153 were Caucasian, 40 were Hispanic, 12 were African American, and 6 were listed as Other. Of the 211 cases, there were 3 ATV-related deaths. The primary mechanisms of these injuries were secondary to collision with stationary objects, rolling of the vehicles, and falling from the vehicles. The authors conclude by calling for a review of legislation and regulations related to the age of the ATV rider, protective gear required, and the locations where ATVs are permitted.

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  • Authors:
    • Moore, Sara
    • Sabella, Joseph
  • Publication Date: 2007-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01105215
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2008 10:19AM