ATVs and Children
A ten-year-old boy was riding his father’s All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and attempted to make a jump on a small hill. The front of the ATV came up and rolled back over the child. The father attempted CPR until emergency personnel arrived and rushed his son to the hospital. The cause of death was asphyxia.
A female, age fourteen, was riding her brother’s adult-sized ATV on a neighbor’s field. The teenager had ridden the ATV only once before. A neighbor later found the overturned ATV. It was lying on the unresponsive girl’s back. The cause of death was asphyxia.
A male, age eleven, was riding on an ATV near his home. After about an hour, his mother could not hear the ATV. She called the police and a search was organized. The boy was found with the ATV lying on top of him. He was taken to the hospital where he died. The cause of death was multiple traumas.
A twelve-year-old boy was found dead under his family’s large ATV. The child lost control of the ATV while ascending a small hill, and the ATV landed on top of him. The cause of death was asphyxia.
A young male, age three, was riding on an ATV with his grandfather. His grandfather turned off the ATV to open a gate, leaving the key in the ignition. As he was opening the gate, his grandson turned the key and put the ATV in motion. The grandfather grabbed the ATV and hung on for 60 to 80 feet until the ATV ran over a hill and flipped. It landed on the child. Though CPR was administered, emergency medical personnel pronounced the child dead at the scene. The cause of death was blunt trauma to the abdomen and chest.
These reports are real. They are from medical examiners across the country. Since 1982, there have been more than 100,000 ATV emergency room-treated injuries each year. In 2014, of 588 reported ATV deaths, 56% were children under 12. ATVs are not toys. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no child under age sixteen ride an ATV of any size.