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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-24-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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ATV Deaths

Hate to bring anyone down, but i found this article in a newspaper in my home state about ATV deaths and injuries. Check this out:

From 2000 to 2004, NATIONAL statistics bore out an average of 16 deaths per week (830 total) due to ATV accidents. Twenty-one percent occurred to kids 16 years old and under.

During the same time period in West Virginia, ATV-related deaths increased almost 130 percent, from 14 in 2000 to 32 in 2004. On average, one person in the state was killed every two weeks due to ATV accidents, with 16 percent being 16 years of age and younger.

The state Bureau for Public Health reported an additional 155 ATV deaths from 2005 to 2007. Eight deaths have been reported this year.

“For the past 18 years, West Virginia has experienced the highest population-based death rates ... compared to all other states,” the study concluded. “Since the enactment of the ATV safety law in May 2004, WV has averaged 45 deaths annually, nearly one person each week.”

I think the old "hold my beer and watch this" attitude has taken over around here. what a shame.
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I usually don't post on this subject and it is very sad that this happens but I would like to share from my last weekend. While camping with my family we had the joy of camping next to the rudest people I have ever camped by. The whole weekend they sat around while their kids (all very young probably under 7) rode very close to our camp. Riding double with no helmets and unsupervised. While atv's are dangerous THEY ARE NOT BABY SITTERS. People need to take ownership for our actions. My kids have all ridden since age 5 and never unsupervised, never double and never without a helmet. Sorry I will get off of my rant now.

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My turn....Although the video posted with the 9 year old driving a Teryx was with good intent, it definately was NOT what we need to be showing off. He was too small and although was being supervised, a stuck throttle or any other circumstance and there would have been a disaster. Stuff like that is what causes injuries and brings bad things to ATVs and UTVs.
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I will agree that ATVs can be an incredible hobby for families to share, safety and respect must always be taught.

Not familiar of the video with the 7 year old driving a Teryx.




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I haven't seen the video yet. Another thing to consider is there were two accidents this weekend where I was camping. both needed medical attention 1 helicopter the other an ambulance ride. All three adults involved were not wearing helmets. Not sure if they would have been avoided with helmets but injuries could have been less.

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It was at a local camping area know as Camp wood here in N. Az. Lots of people riding double without helmets I just don't get that at all. And quads as babysitters see that at the dunes all the time.

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Sounds like a circus. People have all heard the horror stories and yet they keep letting their kids ride unsupervised. Seems like child endangerment to me.
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I think that the people that ride the dunes are not as worried as us on the east coast. We have steep hills and trees. When you all crash in the sand ,it is not as if you are bouncing off of trees or getting stuck on a rack and rolling down a 100 yard hill. A lot of our injuries are from people being mashed by 600 pound quads and the #1 accidents are involvements with autos on pavement.. Mostly getting hit in blind turns. The roads we have here pretty turny. I was riding to work the other day and went around the turn right up the road from my house and could see my own taillights.
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I will post one more thing on this topic and then let it rest. As far as sand dunes not being dangerous I have to disagree. I lost an aunt to a quad accident in the dunes a few years ago. She came over a razor back rolled her quad and broke her neck. She was an experienced rider wearing all of the proper riding equipment who made a mistake. Quads and Utvs are dangerous period. They are not toys and need to be taken seriously even then they are dangerous. Respect your terain respect your quad or utv and be safe no matter where you ride. That is all carry on.

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