Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Fun, but Remember ATVs Are Not Toys

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Fun, but Remember ATVs Are Not Toys

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It is kind of fun, and even cool, to rev that engine and then go zipping across the terrain. ATVs allow us a freedom that cars just do not, but that freedom comes at a cost. Cars are bigger, safer and, for the most part, more stable. Many people look at ATVs like toys. And, although ATVs can be exhilarating to ride, they are not toys.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 93,000 Americans were injured on ATVs in 2014.

According to Dr. Errington C. Thompson, director of trauma services at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, over the past two years, more than 400 patients with injuries related to ATV accidents were admitted to hospitals in just the Huntington area alone.

Experts say rollovers or flip-overs are the most common type of ATV accident. …

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