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July 19, 2017
By Sam Smith , M.D.
Dr. Smith said he couldn't even begin to count the number of children he's seen critically injured in all-terrain vehicle crashes during his 20-plus years as a surgeon at Arkansas Children's. He said parents also say that they wish their child had been wearing the right helmet or been better educated on how to ride the vehicle safely.
Dr. Smith said the biggest dangers he sees with ATVs are kids riding the wrong size vehicle, in the wrong location without a helmet.
Here are some tips from the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children’s to keep you and your family members safe:
RIGHT SIZE: Children should never ride adult-size ATVs.
RIGHT PLACE: Stay off-road. ATVs are NOT designed to be operated on paved roadways. The majority of deadly ATV crashes occur when they're used on roads.
RIGHT HELMET: Always wear a helmet. Wearing the right size helmet can reduce the risk of death in a crash by almost half.