State ATV Fatality Rate Statistics

Between 300 and 400 ATV-related deaths occur on U.S. roadways each year.

States with the highest ATV fatality rates record around 20 deaths annually. West Virginia, which is home to an extensive ATV trail system, has recorded the most fatalities on a per capita basis in recent years.

The following table lists per capita ATV fatality rates covering 2012 through 2014. Figures reflect accidents occurring only on public roads reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Figures include a small number of deaths involving all-terrain cycles. They do not include ROV-related fatalities.
SOURCE: Author's calculations of NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, Census population estimates


Annual ATV-related deaths on public roads have increased nearly threefold over the past 25 years as ATV sales accelerated. Fatalities dipped slightly after peaking in 2008, mirroring the decline that occurred in automobile traffic deaths nationally.

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