Study Finds Most ATV Fatalities Easily Preventable

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that if you only drive ATVs on off-road trails, always wear a helmet and don’t ride after drinking, you are highly unlikely to die in a crash. Ignore those simple rules and all bets are off.

The statistics gathered by the IIHS are staggering. About two thirds of fatal ATV crashes occur on public or private roads – 1,701 between 2007-2011. As well, only 13 percent of drivers and six percent of passengers killed wore helmets, while 43 percent had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater.

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