An Idaho Falls teenager has been rushed to the hospital after she crashed her ATV. The accident happened on Tuesday evening on the corner of Canal Avenue and Highland Drive. The 17 year old involved in the accident was rushed to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center, and her condition is currently unknown. Friends who witnessed the accident say she flipped her ATV after appearing to mistake the throttle for the brake.
According to a 2013 report published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 426 ATV related fatalities occurred in 2013. Between 1982 an 2013, 3,023 ATV related fatalities were of children younger than 16 years of age, accounting for 23% of the total number of reported fatalities. According to an article published by USA Today, the rise in ATV crashes that occur on paved roads have risen since 2007. Currently, abut two thirds fall fatal ATV crashes occur n public or private roads. According to research from the IIHS, a big part of the problem is that ATV’s are not designed for use on public roads, and are more prone to rollovers. Another problem is risky behavior among drivers, according to accident statistics on 13% of operators involved in a fatal crash were wearing a helmet and 43% were legally drunk. The ATV Safety Institute strongly urges riders to always wear a helmet and other protective gear and never ride on public roads or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. ATV use is not supported on public roads, and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association issues a warning against using ATV’s on public roads.