Deaths, Injuries Linked to ATVs on the Rise

January 30, 2005

  • January 31, 2005 at 7:32 am
    Frank says:
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    I feel the fault should be placed 100% on the parents andnopt the ATV’s. Partents should know the dangers and teached their children how to ride, think and to drive safe on an ATV.

  • January 31, 2005 at 12:26 pm
    Scott says:
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    I agree with Frank. Parents should also teach their kids how to spell.

  • January 31, 2005 at 1:17 am
    Anonymous says:
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    It’s true that ATVs are dangerous, and I feel that Frank and Scott are correct that parents are the ones that we need to have taken the blame. It would be interesting to see the statistics, if the deaths are also of those children where the parents do not drive these ATVs.

  • February 2, 2005 at 2:10 am
    Bud says:
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    I say LET THEM RIDE. Get rid of the stupid ones. Otherwise they will just be crashing cars when they get older.

  • February 4, 2005 at 11:48 am
    Scott says:
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    Bud,

    You obviously have no children, live in a city and do not think before you talk…or in this case write.

    Speaking of the stupid ones, you take the cake.

    Scott

  • February 4, 2005 at 2:37 am
    Anonymous says:
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    i think every one who is thinking about buying an atv should read this article before they jump on and ride like hell on wheels

  • February 7, 2005 at 7:50 am
    Bud says:
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    Scott, my son and I have been racing ATV’s for years. The first time he flipped it I laughed in his face. HE has driven more safely ever since.

  • February 7, 2005 at 12:00 pm
    Jesse says:
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    I agree with both of the previous comments. I think in a situation where the child earnestly doesn’t know how to handle the vehicle, then it’s a sad loss of what happened. However, if the child is out hot rodding around, popping wheelies, and otherwise acting irresponsibly with a vehicle that DEMANDS respect, then you can’t say much except “So sad, too bad, bet he won’t do that again”…I know it’s heartless, but that’s the world today. If you don’t claim responsibility for your actions, who will?

  • February 17, 2005 at 2:06 am
    Jeff says:
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    Lots of people say that not all ATV riders are lawless or bad. Well, I’m not convinced of this. I live next to a non-motorized trail system designed for biking and walking. My home is about 40ft from this trail,which was estabished four years after my home was there.You would think that some one with an atv would know better than to drive on a walking trail and for sure not to drive their atv up and down this trail beside a private residents but no they just loss all common sense when they buy those atvs. I’m not talking about kids or outlaws but all sorts of people, young and old. I’ve send the local MLA on this walking trail with his ATV. It’s illegal to drive on this trail but they just don’t get it. They have no respect!
    Now the law makers think new laws,and education are going to make things better, that ATV riders are going to obey them, fat chance! The police say they can’t chase them or catch them so what’s going to be different.
    Our health system is taking a beating and insurance rates are sure to rise with the increasing injuries due to atv’s and they are not needed, people have feet, use them you’ll feel better and we all will breath easier.

  • February 26, 2005 at 2:10 am
    tom says:
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    i think if states would give atv riders a place to ride legally then they wouldnt have to ignore all authority figures.The state will collect their taxes from the sales of the atvs but they wont give you a place to ride at least not in ct

  • March 23, 2005 at 12:09 pm
    Bruce says:
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    Why is it that the ATV industry is so against ROPS on these vehicles when it is clear that roll-over protection would save lives! All the new “side-by-side” vehicles have full roll cages fitted from new. Isn’t this an admission that a ROPS is of value. It seems to me that, given the type of vehicle, it is hopeless to tell riders to travel slowly/safely. They are going to push the boundaries and need protection. Fit a ROPS and save lives!

  • March 23, 2005 at 7:58 am
    Jeffrey says:
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    Hey Bruce,

    It’s nice to see that someone trying to figure out how to make ATVs safer for the riders becuz the manufacturers just ketp making them bigger and faster!
    I think that a roll over protecting system would make the ATVs more likely to roll over becuz of the added weight at a taller height which would make them top heavy. Also lots of people would think that it was safer to drive faster because of these bars. The other thing is that if the bike started to tip on a slope, the rider’s first instinct is to put their hands on the bars to keep themself on, only making the bike quicker to rollover.
    If you don’t have your own property to ride these atv’s on, then you shouldn’t be allowed to buy one. The only way to make it safer for everyone is to have ATVs parks, where the public could go to and rent to ride under supervision. Only after a full safety course has been passed. NO MANAGE TRAIL SYSTEMS FOR THE PUBLIC.

  • June 26, 2005 at 9:49 am
    Natalie says:
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    I would like to respond to this subject from a professional standpoint. I have been in the motorcycle industry for over 20 years and the cold hard fact is the parents are NOT in control of their children. They purchase these vehicles for babysitting in some cases and other actually buy the whole family atv’s so they can spend more quality time together as a family unit(something that is unheard of in the US) so to point the finger at all atv riders is wrong. The fact that there is not enough places to ride which hampers the sport and the fact insurance for such places is outragous only leads me to believe that our country just isn’t interested in the “family” unit as a whole. I have a son and 3 nieces and a nephew who have rode atv’s since they were 2 years old. None of which have been seriously injured (my nephew broke his jaw on a tricycle)on an atv. It boils down to the fact the parents need to instruct the kids in the appropriate and safe way to ride. Pay attention to your kids and they will pay attention to you. As far as more injuries, yes there are but the number of atv’s have doubled too just stands to reason there would be more injuries. You can get hurt walking across the yard much less riding across it. I have several elderly farmers who could not check on their cattle and crops without the atv’s so I think there is a need for them. I agree parents put their children on machines that are too big for them but I will not sell them an atv if I think this is the case.

  • June 26, 2005 at 11:08 am
    Jeffrey Parker says:
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    Hi Natailie/

    Do you insure that the person buying the ATV have proper training BEFORE BUYING. MOST INJURIES ARE IN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS. sO SOMEONES NOT!!!
    dO YOU SALE atvS WITH tWO UP SEAT ON MODELS THAT BEAR THE STICKER NO TWO RIDERS OR PASSENGERS?
    jUST LAST NIGHT TWO YOUNG GIRLS ON AN ATV FLIPPED BACK OVER AND IT’S WAY TO COMMON. wHY DON’T ATVS COME WITH WHEEL BARS TO PREVENT THIS FOR SEE ABLE DEADLY EVENT.
    I watch parents with kids onboard drive their ATVs on walking trails, roadways, private posted property., as if it’s normal to break the laws of our country. Good parents AYE! Teaching by doing, that’s the best way to teach them disrepect for the law.
    I feel ATVs should be driven in closed course parks ONLY WITH GOOD TRAINING BEFORE RIDING. nO driving any where else/ take the money from the ATV federation and fix our biking and hiking trails it’s better for kids than broken bones .

  • October 28, 2008 at 10:31 am
    chris says:
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    lol

  • October 28, 2008 at 10:36 am
    Anonymous says:
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    statistics how care these days statistics now morons



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