UTV Accident Reconstruction and Failure Analysis by a Former R&D Engineer
Utility-terrain vehicles (UTV), also known as side-by-side vehicles (SSV) or recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV), are a relatively new category for off-road manufacturers. ATV manufacturers such as Yamaha, Polaris and Kawasaki, among others, have discovered a market for these UTV’s as a “family friendly” ATV and as a way for multiple passengers to share in the off-road experience. Recent developments in the UTV category have yielded “sports” versions which are capable of speeds in excess of 70mph. A UTV accident reconstruction requires an understanding that the significant speeds and terrain capability of UTV’s pose a unique challenge for the development engineers to ensure that these relatively compact off-road vehicles can be used safely by all users, regardless of their experience level.
While working for one of the leading major off-road vehicle manufacturers, our power-sports expert has gained first-hand experience and knowledge in the product development of UTV vehicles, and holds a patent for a suspension system designed for UTV’s. This first-hand product development experience provides unique insight into the challenges and compromises faced by the development engineers of UTV type vehicles. Our UTV accident reconstruction analysis incorporates this extensive product development knowledge to aid in the reconstruction of accidents and product failures involving UTV’s. Some of the common problems seen with UTV accident reconstruction include: Handling and Stability issues, functionality of Safety Systems such as ROPS (roll-over protection systems), as well as leg, arm and neck injuries sustained during a roll-over or tip-over accident.
Please contact our UTV expert, Mark Kittel, P.E. at 303-660-4395 to discuss your UTV accident or products case and receive a free initial consultation with honest and candid comments from our highly qualified, licensed Professional Engineer.
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