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Safety 2016, 2(1), 5; doi:10.3390/safety2010005

Potential Benefit of the Quadbar™ on All-Terrain Vehicles

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 4916 Holland View Drive, Flowery Branch, Atlanta, GA 30542, USA
Academic Editor: Raphael Grzebieta
Received: 28 August 2015 / Revised: 7 February 2016 / Accepted: 14 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
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Abstract

An epidemic exists related to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) fatal and nonfatal injuries in the United States and in Australia as well as in other countries. More than 60% of these injuries are associated with ATV overturns. While behavior-related methods have failed to abate this epidemic, engineered interventions have been lacking. However, one technology, the Quadbar™ (QB), shows promise as a crush prevention device for reducing overturn-related injuries and their severity. The question addressed in this study is “What is the potential public health and economic benefit of the QB when used on ATVs?” At 40% effectiveness, our model estimated that 5082 injuries related to ATV overturns would be prevented per 100,000 ATVs equipped with QBs. The overall societal economic benefit was estimated at US$3,943 per ATV that greatly exceeds the QB purchase price of US$478, which represents an 8:1 return on investment. View Full-Text
Keywords: all-terrain vehicle; ATV; quad bike; crush protection; rollover protection; cost-benefit analysis; epidemiology; safety; Quadbar all-terrain vehicle; ATV; quad bike; crush protection; rollover protection; cost-benefit analysis; epidemiology; safety; Quadbar
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Myers, M.L. Potential Benefit of the Quadbar™ on All-Terrain Vehicles. Safety 2016, 2, 5.

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