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April 30, 2019

Kentucky ATV Fatalities Prompt Hazard Alert

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has issued recommendations regarding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety after discovered a disturbing trend in fatalities.

Between 1982 and 2016, the state recorded a total of 675 ATV-related deaths, or 19 per year on average. This trend led the state to rank 5th in the nation during the time span.

Vehicle weight, lack of safety features and the terrain on which they were operated contributed to the high fatality rate.

Farmers and workers using ATVs in isolated areas to perform tasks could receive delayed or inadequate care if they are in an accident, the KIPRC stated.

The alert addresses the particular hazards associated with ATV operation and provides the following recommendations for prevention:

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