All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are versatile and can be used for work purposes as well as for recreation. 

The hard facts

ATV riding has the highest risk of injury requiring hospitalization compared to other sports, including snowboarding, wrestling, football, basketball and skateboarding.

In 2011, U.S. emergency rooms treated 107,500 injuries from ATV users. Of those injured, 28 percent were under the age of 16.

From 1982 to 2011, there have been 539 total reported deaths in the state of Kentucky, 69 of which were children under the age of 16.

The dangers of ATVs are real, but with proper education, safety habits and parental supervision, ATV-related injuries and deaths can be prevented.

Top Tips

  • Always wear a helmet for all rides.
  • Wear additional layers of protection: over-the-ankle boots, long pants, gloves, goggles and long sleeves to protect against cuts and abrasions and other injuries from rocks, trees and debris. 
  • Paved roads and unfamiliar terrain are dangerous for ATVs.
  • Stay on designated trails and off public roadways.
  • Attend an ATV safety course

Learn more

To learn more about ATV safety, check out our literature:

ATV Safety Flyer (PDF, 726 KB) »
ATV Fact Sheet (PDF, 29 KB) »

Page last updated: 10/6/2015 2:20:02 PM