Medical Research Assesses Motorcycle Verses ATV Crashes
Motorcycle Consumer News-(December 2010)-According to this article a research team at John Hopkins recently released a study claiming that crashes involving All Terrain Vehicles are significantly more dangerous than crashes involved two-wheeled off-road motorcycles. This research was presented at the American College of Surgeons 2010 Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C., in October 2010. The study found that ATV crash victims were 50% more likely to die of their injuries than similarly injured victims of off-road motorcycle crashes. The study went to state that ATV victims were also 55% more likely than injured motorcyclists to be admitted to a hospitals intensive-care unit and 42% more likely to be placed on a ventilator. 2000, there were 92,200 injuries involving ATVs or off-road motorcycles; in 2007, the last year for which data is available, there were 150,900 injuries, according to the research article. The studies authors, Cassandra Villegas, MPH and Adil Haider are not sure why ATV crashes lead to greater injury and mortality. However, they noted as possible that ATV riders wear less protected clothing than off-road motorcyclists when they hit the trail. Another contributing factor might be the significant weight of ATVs, which can cause severe crush injuries.
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