from journal BMJ Open
All-Terrain Vehicles or ATV’s have not only grown in popularity—they have become more powerful and faster. Although only about twelve percent of ATV riders are children, new research suggests they account for thirty-eight percent of injuries. The percentage of children admitted to a trauma center for ATV injuries was three times higher than for car injuries and five times higher than for motorbike injuries. The study, in the journal BMJ Open, says children are especially vulnerable to severe injuries from ATVs, in part because they are less likely to wear protective gear, such as helmets or seat belts. Authors urge public awareness education about ATV injuries, including reminders that these vehicles are not toys and should not be operated by children.