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The good news is that, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the 2011 death toll from All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) accidents is down dramatically compared to recent years.

The bad news is that deaths on public roads accounted for 305 of the 327 reported fatal ATV accidents compiled by the CPSC for 2011. The death toll on public roads has increased ninefold since 1982.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the number of children aged 12 and under who are still dying on ATV’s. USA Today reports that of the children 16 and under who died on ATV’s, more than half of them were 12-years-old and under. A vast majority of those who died were riding adult-sized ATV’s, which are much larger and more powerful than the juvenile models.
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Florida Child ATV AccidentA prominent Canadian pediatric group recently stated that all children should be banned from driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Canada. The Canadian Pediatric Society has called for ATV age restrictions before, but it recently reiterated its position again, stating that given the high rate of devastating injuries and deaths that still occur in ATV accidents involving children, it’s apparent that injury prevention measures currently in place are not working.

The call from our northern neighbors echoes a similar warning issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which stated, “Simply put, ATVs are dangerous to children, [because they] are not developmentally capable of operating these heavy, complex machines.”
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With summer comes an annual rise in death and injuries to people riding All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), so the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging all riders to practice safety on trails.

The CPSC points out that between 2004 and 2006 deaths to children aged 16 and younger rose about 65 percent. Adult deaths rose 85 percent over that same period. From 2004 to 2010, there were 700 ATV-related fatalities nationwide and about 136,000 injuries that required emergency department treatment – many of those injuries were life-altering.

So far this year, the CPSC estimates that 28 children under the age of 16 and 138 adults have died in ATV accidents. One study found that head and spine trauma from ATV accidents has increased dramatically and the cost of ATV-related injuries is about $3.24 billion annually.

The agency attributes many of these deaths and injuries to inexperienced drivers who lose control of ATVs, overturn them, or collide with other vehicles and fixed objects. Statistically, an ATV driver with at least one year of experience has a much lower risk of injury than a newer driver.
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Grief counselors were at a Putnam County middle school on Tuesday, June 7, one day after a popular 12-year-old student died when his three-wheel ATV flipped while he was riding on his family’s farm in Palatka. The boy lost control in the middle of making a right turn, reports Jacksonville’s Channel 4, quoting the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

The young man was a frequent rider of his all terrain vehicle (ATV) and was frequently seen riding in the fields near his cousin’s home doing what he loved. While the community grieves, the family says in this story that the boy had been riding since he was a toddler. He usually wore a helmet but did not on Monday. According to investigators, the boy crashed his Honda while in a turn around 6:30 p.m. but was not rescued until 7 p.m. after someone found him.
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Springtime seems to be a popular time for all-terrain vehicles. Unfortunately another death has been reported of a young ATV rider. A seven-year-old from Interlachen, Florida, was riding on an ATV Sunday, April 11, in the evening when the ATV overturned and landed on her. A 31-year-old male was riding on a Polaris ATV with his daughter when they braked suddenly to avoid hitting two dogs. The vehicle overturned on the left side. According to News4Jax, the little girl was airlifted the Shands Gainesville but died from internal bleeding, despite the fact that she was wearing a helmet. Her father received minor injuries. One of the dogs was also killed.

Our condolences go out to the family of this little first-grader. She spoke to her father before she was airlifted and told him she loved him. He said he had no idea her injuries were that serious. May the family find the strength to cope. She is in our prayers.
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A 14-year-old from Mississippi was killed Saturday in Laurel Hill, Florida while racing at a motocross park in an all-terrain-vehicle, or ATV. The accident happened at the West Florida Motocross Park in Walton County. Witnesses say that the ATV flew into the air after the driver topped a hill, throwing him over the handlebars and onto the ground. At that point, the ATVcrashed on top of him with such force that it split his helmet in half. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

As Christmas approaches, many parents might think getting an ATV for the kids is a good idea. Think again. Recently a five-year-old was killed in South Carolina, a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, and a three-year-old boy in central Wisconsin. A 15-year-old from Georgia was killed when he lost control of an ATV and crashed in rural Chattooga County. While ATVs were developed as a fun sporting three-wheel vehicle for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, the next generation – the four-wheel version – includes the Yamaha Rhino side-by-side or SXS.
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A 12-year-old boy lost his life last Saturday afternoon in Palm Bay, Florida in a tragic accident.
The boy was riding as a passenger in a go-kart that was traveling about 30 miles per hour down a dirt road when he was ejected. The go-kart was being driven by a 16-year-old who apparently lost control after avoiding a hole in the road. Another passenger was injured when the go-kart flipped.

A witness called 911 but on the way to the hospital the 12-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived, according to an investigator who arrived at the scene.

Our prayers go out to the family of this young boy who lost his life in a senseless accident. His classmates report that he was in fourth grade and will be greatly missed.
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According to a report, one man is in critical condition in North Florida following an all terrain vehicle crash Sunday morning. St. Johns County deputies are trying to figure out what caused the recreational vehicle (or all terrain vehicle, ATV) to overturn on a private dirt road on Bartram Air Park property off County Road 13 in northwest St. Johns. Apparently, all three men were riding an Arctic Cat when it rolled. Emergency crews responding to the scene do not know who was driving.

A 39-year-old man of St. Augustine was the most seriously injured. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville and is in critical condition. We sincerely hope he pulls through from his injuries and he is in our prayers.
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An 11 year old boy has died in Florida behind the wheel of a four-wheeler, according to a story. Four-wheelers are like motorcycles but generally driven by kids off-road in the countryside. This Florida wrongful death accident happened in Madison County near Tallahassee Friday afternoon.

A witness told the Florida Highway Patrol that the young boy passed him on the left before he lost control and went into an embankment. The vehicle then overturned and slammed into a tree. The 11 year old was thrown from the four-wheeler and died at the scene. A 25 year old passenger of Miami was ejected and taken to a Tallahassee hospital with serious injuries.
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A Baker County deputy and his girlfriend were riding their all-terrain vehicle (ATV) last Sunday night when they went off the road and hit a tree in the Osceola National Forest.

According to a report, they lost control of the ATV when one of the wheels went in a ditch. The Yamaha drifted into a tree, ejecting both the Deputy and his girlfriend, who both suffered head injuries and were airlifted to Shands- Jacksonville Medical Center. The woman was listed in critical condition for her personal injuries in Florida. Neither individual was wearing a helmet. Alcohol was not a factor in this crash.
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