All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) Safety in California

As All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV’s) get more and more popular in California and across the nation, we’re seeing an increase in fatal and injury-causing recreational vehicle crashes. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), California has more ATV-related deaths than any other state. Between 1982 and 2007, 504 people in California have died in ATV-related crashes. ATV’s can weigh up to 600 lbs and go as fast as 65 miles per hour, so safe operation and protective gear is absolutely critical in keeping riders safe.

ATV Related Injuries and Fatalities

• In 2012, there were over 100,000 ATV-related injuries across the nation.
• About a quarter of those injury crashes involved children under the age of 16.
• About 27 percent of those injuries involved the head or neck.
• On Average, 568 adults die in ATV crashes each year.
• Approximately 144 children die in ATV-related crashes each year.

Safe ATV Operation

The CPSC offers a variety of great tips for safe ATV operation. Riders are always encouraged to wear safety gear including helmets, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Equally important is training from a qualified instructor. Additionally, it’s important to stay off of paved roads. If you do have to cross a paved road, exercise additional caution and go slow. Finally, never let a child under the age of 16 rides on an adult ATV. Children are especially vulnerable when riding recreational vehicles that were designed for adults. It’s a recipe for disaster.

ATV Accidents in San Diego & The Central Coast

Since many people are injured on other people’s ATV’s every year, remember to exercise caution if a friend offers you their recreational vehicles. This is absolutely critical if they’re not able to provide training or safety gear, like well-fitted helmets. It’s possible to underestimate the risks involved with ATV’s if they’re lightheartedly offered as recreation to friends and guests.

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