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), on average, there were over 500 emergency visits per year for occupants of off-road motor vehicles injured in transport accidents in Simcoe Muskoka between 2003 and 2015 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 2015 was 108 (99.1, 117.0) visits per 100,000 population, which was double the Ontario rate of 52.8 (51.6, 54.1) 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 2015. The Simcoe Muskoka off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were twice as high as the provincial rates for entire 13-year period from 2003 to 2015.

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The age-standardized rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka among males in 2015 was 166.2 (150.6, 181.8) visits per 100,000, which was more than three times higher than the Simcoe Muskoka female rate of 49.0 (40.4, 57.5) 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 2014.

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 2015; however, no statistically significant trends were apparent for Simcoe Muskoka females over the 13-year period from 2003 to 2015. The male off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visit rates were more than the three-times higher than the female rates for the entire 13-year time period.

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The age-specific rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits between 2003 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20 to 44 years of age at 173.3 (167.7, 178.9) visits per 100,000, followed closely by children and youth under 20 years of age at 153.5 (147.5, 159.6) 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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The rate for off-road motor vehicle injury emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka was highest for those living in the middle income quintile.

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Hospitalizations

On average, there were approximately 50 hospitalizations per year for off-road motor vehicle related injuries in Simcoe Muskoka between 2011 and 2015 and more than 40 per cent were snowmobile-related injuries.

The age-standardized rate for off-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2015 was 11.1 (8.3, 14.0) admissions per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 6.0 (5.6, 6.5) admissions per 100,000 population.

The age-specific rate for off-road motor vehicle injury hospitalizations between 2003 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults 20-44 years of age at 19.1 (17.3, 21.1) admissions per 100,000. The age-specific Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for all age-groups over the 13-year period from 2003 to 2015. 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 twelve-year period.

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Deaths

Over the 13-year period between 2000 and 2013, 57 occupants of off-road motor vehicles in Simcoe Muskoka died in transport accidents and 45 (or 80 per cent) of these deaths were from non-traffic collisions (i.e. not occurring on a public road or highway). Nearly 90 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, 1.13) deaths per 100,000) was significantly higher than the comparable provincial rate (0.30 (0.27, 0.33) deaths per 100,000) over this 13-year period. The death data come from the Vital Statistics database for Ontario.

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