Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Injuries and Prevention

Off-Road Motor Vehicle Injuries

Emergency Visits
Hospitalizations
Deaths

This HealthSTATS page provides data on injuries to individuals on off-road motor vehicles including all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles. Injuries resulting from both traffic and non-traffic off-road motor vehicle collisions are included in this page.

Emergency Visits

According to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), in 2018 there were nearly 500 emergency visits for occupants of off-road motor vehicles injured in transport accidents in Simcoe Muskoka and about one-in-three were snowmobile-related injuries.

The age-standardized rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2018 was 89.2 (81.2, 97.3) visits per 100,000 population, which was nearly double the Ontario rate of 47.7 (46.5, 48.4) visits per 100,000 population.

There was a significant upward trend in the off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario from 2003 to 2008 before declining significantly from 2008 to 2018. The Simcoe Muskoka off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were approximately twice as high as the provincial rates for entire 16-year period from 2003 to 2018.

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The age-standardized rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2018 was 138.4 (124.9, 153.1) visits per 100,000, which was more than triple the Simcoe Muskoka female rate of 37.9 (30.8, 46.1) visits per 100,000. The male and female off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were twice as high as the comparable provincial rates from 2003 to 2018 (combined).

There was a significant increasing trend in the off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka among males from 2003 to 2008 followed by a significant decreasing trend from 2008 to 2018; however, no statistically significant trends were apparent for Simcoe Muskoka females over the 16-year period from 2003 to 2018. The male off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were more than the three-times higher than the female rates from 2003 to 2018 (combined).

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The age-specific rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits between 2014 and 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20 to 44 years of age at 145.8 (137.8, 154.2) visits per 100,000, followed closely by children and youth under 20 years of age at 116.1 (107.7, 125.0) visits per 100,000. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for all age-groups.

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For the time period from 2014 to 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, emergency visits for off-road motor vehicle injuries were highest among those living in areas with the lowest amount of material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index).

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Hospitalizations

In 2018, there were over 50 hospitalizations for off-road motor vehicle related injuries in Simcoe Muskoka. The age-standardized rate for off-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2018 was 9.2 (6.9, 12.1) admissions per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 6.0 (5.6, 6.4) admissions per 100,000 population.

The age-specific rate for off-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations between 2014 and 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20-44 years of age at 13.6 (11.3, 16.4) admissions per 100,000. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for adults between the ages of 20 and 64 years over this five-year period. The off-road motor vehicle injury hospitalization rates for males in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the comparable female rates for all age-groups over this same time-period.

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Deaths

Over the 16-year period between 2000 and 2015, 69 occupants of off-road motor vehicles in Simcoe Muskoka died in transport accidents and 56 (or 81 per cent) of these deaths were from non-traffic collisions (i.e. not occurring on a public road or highway). Ninety per cent of the decedents were males and over half were adults between 20 and 44 years of age. The off-road motor vehicle mortality rate in Simcoe Muskoka (0.90 (0.66, 1.07) deaths per 100,000) was significantly higher than the comparable provincial rate (0.30 (0.29, 0.34) deaths per 100,000) over this 16-year period. The death data come from the Vital Statistics database for Ontario.

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