Recession Contributes to Drop in ATV Injury Accidents

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According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-fatal injuries involving children and teenagers riding ATVs have dropped significantly since their peak back in 2004.

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-fatal injuries involving children and teenagers riding ATVs have dropped significantly since their peak back in 2004.  They dropped by as much as one-third from the 2004 figures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Centre for Injury Prevention and Control, ATV injury rates for children below the age of 15 dropped by 37%.  In 2010, the rate of ATV-related injuries in this age group was 42 per 100,000 population.  In comparison between 2001 and 2004, ATV-related injury rates spiked 34% from approximately 50 per 100,000 population to 267 injuries per 100,000 population.

In 2004, there were 43,450 non-fatal ATV-related injuries reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In 2010, those numbers had dropped to 27,517 injuries.

Clearly, ATV injury rates peaked in 2004, and the numbers have declined since.  However, product liability lawyers do not attribute this drop to safer ATV safer design and stringent standards by the companies that manufacture these all-terrain vehicles.  Rather, it is the recession that has contributed to lower numbers of ATV-related injuries.

The simple fact is that the use of all-terrain vehicles for recreational use started declining after the recession hit in 2008.  It is not clear yet if the drop in ATV-related injuries is firmly linked to the recession, because the current ATV ridership numbers in the United States are more than 10 years old.  However, it is a fact, that in the mid-2000s, the number began to dip, and since then, the sales of ATVs have been dropping.  Sales of all-terrain vehicles dropped between 2005 and 2010. That has also contributed to a drop in riding rates.

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