Child death ATV accidents are increasing study shows

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All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are as popular as ever, yet a new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital hopes to alert Americans about the dangers of ATVs — especially for children.

The study found that over the past 25 years, each day an average of 31 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for ATV-related head and neck injuries. What’s more, experts say and preliminary data show motor sports have become even more popular during the coronavirus epidemic.

“When you’re going 30 miles an hour and you hit a tree, you may not get a second chance. At that speed, with heavy machines like that, one mistake can be life-changing,” Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, and senior author of the study, said in a press release.

Read more on these alarming statistics here.

Further down in this article are some very frightening numbers regarding ATV accidents involving children. These include 3,353 fatalities in kids younger than 16 from 1982 to 2018. That’s about a fifth of the reported 15,744 fatalities from ATV accidents during that time frame. Regardless of age, a helmet should always be worn.

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