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ATV RISKS

ARE FOUR WHEELS SAFER THAN TWO?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Stands to reason that an off road vehicle with four wheels would be safer than one with just two, right?  Not according to a Johns Hopkins study led by Adil Haider.

HAIDER:  People think that because ATVs have four wheels it’s probably a more stable platform and you’re probably not going to have more injuries from it.  And we wanted to really investigate and see, are ATVs safer than off road motorcycles?  And it turns out that no way.  In all instances they are worse.  We found that the ATVs 40% increased chance of death, in equivalently injured patients, just because it’s an ATV.  And you can understand why that happens.  If you’re going on a motorcycle, there’s many ways to lay it down, or you jump off it, it doesn’t roll over you.  ATVs are 800 pounds, they’re rolling right over you.                            :35

Haider says studies such as this one can help inform families, who engage in these types of off road activities most often, which types of vehicles to select to protect their children.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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