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 2017 there were 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 2017 was 92.6 (84.7, 101.2) visits per 100,000 population, which was nearly double the Ontario rate of 50.0 (48.8, 51.2) 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 2017. The Simcoe Muskoka off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were approximately twice as high as the provincial rates for entire 15-year period from 2003 to 2017.

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The age-standardized rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2017 was 132.6 (119.2, 147.0) visits per 100,000, which was more than double the Simcoe Muskoka female rate of 51.9 (43.5, 61.4) 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 2017 (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 2017; however, no statistically significant trends were apparent for Simcoe Muskoka females over the 15-year period from 2003 to 2017. The male off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were more than the three-times higher than the female rates from 2003 to 2017 (combined); however, the gap between the rates has been closing in recent years.

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The age-specific rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20 to 44 years of age at 147.6 (139.5, 156.0) visits per 100,000, followed closely by children and youth under 20 years of age at 121.4 (112.7, 130.6) 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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low-income prevalence when compared with those living in either the highest or the lowest low-income quintile.

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Hospitalizations

In 2017, there were 55 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 2017 was 10.0 (7.5, 13.1) admissions per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 6.2 (5.8, 6.6) admissions per 100,000 population.

The age-specific rate for off-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations between 2013 and 2017 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20-44 years of age at 15.5 (13.0, 18.4) 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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