Data released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed two common scenarios regarding fatality-involved ATV-incidents:
Scenario 1: Two riders (a driver and a passenger) are on a single ATV. Often, these incidents involve only the ATV being ridden—there is no second vehicle that is impacted. This single vehicle crash may be caused by user error or an error with the vehicle itself. Regardless of the cause, it is clear that a majority of passengers who sustain death as a result of these incidents were riding behind the driver. In fatality-involved ATV-incidents that include a passenger, this scenario occurred approximately 83.5% of the time.
Scenario 2: The second most common multi-rider fatality-included scenario occurs when more than two riders (a driver and two passengers) are on a single ATV. Over 80% of these scenarios involve three individuals and a passenger was more likely than the driver to be fatally injured. In fact, 67.4% of incidents resulted in a passenger’s death. 27.9% of these cases resulted in driver death.