Posts Tagged ‘ATV accident investigation’
The ATV Safety Institute will launch ATV Safety Week June 6-14 and will be working with partners across the country that have volunteered to provide free ATV RiderCourse training and other ATV safety education opportunities. ATV Safety Week is a great time to learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other proper protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for riders. ASI is working with partners all across the country that have volunteered to provide free ATV RiderCourse training during ATV Safety Week.
Free training will be available at the following locations:
The ATV RiderCourse is free for anyone who signs up during ATV Safety Week. To sign up for a class, call (800) 887-2887.
The ATV RiderCourse is also free year-round for anyone who buys a new, qualifying ATV from an ATV Safety Institute member company.
The Utah state Senate voted to let street-legal ATVs on more roadways and at higher speeds. The bill, SB 258, passed by a 21-4 vote and was sent to the House. The bill would allow “street-legal” ATVs on any state roads or highways outside of Salt Lake County other than interstate freeways. It would also increase the maximum speed limit for the vehicles from 45 to 50 miles per hour. The House will have to vote on the bill before Utah’s legislative session ends March 12 or the bill dies until the next session.
If the state bill passes, there is still the issue of all major manufacturers strongly recommending that ATV’s and UTV’s should not be operated on roadways. It will be interesting to see how courts address the discrepancy.
The U.S. Forest Service has investigated four incidents in which vandals endangered the lives of motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders by burying spikes along trails used by off-highway vehicles and others. The spiked strips, which resemble heavy barbed wire, can cause flat tires on motorized vehicles, which could cause loss of control and result in a crash. The booby traps also threaten the safety of hikers and horseback riders and even the wildlife that travel along trail corridors. Two incidents came to the attention of the American Motorcyclist Association in May through the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition. The AMA then began working with COHVCO and Western states politicians to ensure this matter was fully investigated.
In response, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) wrote a letter, cosigned by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), to Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell citing concerns about the dangerous and illegal trail spikes.
Joe L. Meade, director of recreation, heritage and volunteer resources at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, responded to the senators on Dec. 8. He reported that the Forest Service received four reports in the past five years – two in Colorado and two in Arizona. “These incidents appear to be random acts that were intended to target both non-motorized and motorized trail users,” Meade wrote. “We have issued public awareness press releases and have shared the information with the (U.S.) Bureau of Land Management and other state and local law enforcement and land management agencies.”
Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations, said he appreciates the Forest Service’s full investigation of these incidents and hopes that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. “The people who plant these spikes are putting at risk the lives of innocent, law-abiding Americans,” Allard said. “We join COHVCO, the Forest Service and other groups in urging anyone with information about these crimes to come forward.”
Individuals with information about the found booby traps are asked to leave a message on the Forest Service Law Enforcement Tip Line at 303-275-5266. The Forest Service provided guidelines for anyone discovering booby traps in the trails:
- Anza, Calif. – Coach 2 Ride
- Rancho Cordova, Calif. – Prairie City
- Campo, Calif. – Golden Acorn Casino
- El Centro, Calif. – Superstition
- Lakewood, Colo. – Thunder Valley MX Park
- Daytona Beach, Fla. – Volusa OHV Training Center
- Columbia, Ga. – Riley
- Maquoketa, Iowa – Jackson County Fairgrounds
- Grand Rivers, Ky. – Grand Rivers
- Fordland, Mo. – Rogersville
- Laurel, Mont. – Butler Property
- Laurel, Mont. – Laurel High School parking lot / Safety Day
- Hamilton, Mont. – Al’s Cycle Yamaha
- Great Falls, Mont. – Rainbow Motorsports
- Lowville, N.Y. – Flat Rock
- Warsaw, N.Y. – Hume Arena
- Lowville, N.Y. – Flat Rock
- Garber, Okla. – Garber
- Prineville, Ore – Prineville Christian Church
- Coal Township, Pa. – Anthracite Outdoor Adventure
- York, Pa. – Don’s Kawasaki Yamaha Polaris
- Elizabethtown, Pa. – Hernley’s Polaris Victory
- Big Spring, Texas – Outback Adventure Track
- San Angelo, Texas – Porter Henderson Yamaha
- Winchester, Va. – Valley Cycle Center
- 9 Miles Falls, Wash. – 7 Mile Park
- Harpers Ferry, W.Va. – Riverfront Motorsport Park
CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) said that ATV-related fatalities continue to be one of the largest categories of consumer product-related deaths, despite various activities addressing ATV safety instituted since the 1980s, including rulemakings, recalls, consumer education, litigation and media outreach.
CPSC has issued a Request for Information (RFI) and invites interested parties to provide feedback on:
- Document the location — with latitude and longitude, if available;
- While at the site, try to report the device to the nearest Forest Service office;
- Follow the Forest Service directions;
- If the Forest Service cannot be contacted, conspicuously mark the site to warn other trail users or carefully remove the device.
The RFI seeks to gather information that will add to agency data on quantifying passenger locations in fatal incidents. “Staff’s data do not provide information on passenger location during normal, non-incident use. In addition, CPSC data contain little information about aftermarket use of passenger seats or information about the need of ATV drivers to carry passengers,” the agency noted.
CPSC seeks data and information on the prevalence of passengers riding ATVs, the purchase and use of aftermarket seats, and the feasibility of a performance standard that would restrict or forbid carrying passengers.
CPSC reviews of incident reports and other studies demonstrates that passengers ride in multiple locations on ATVs, including on cargo racks, and in front and behind the operator. Passengers account for about 25 percent of ATV injuries, the agency said.
A recent pilot study of ATV-related fatalities found that of 502 reported incidents involving more than one rider on an ATV, more than 80 percent involved two riders, a driver and a passenger. . Around 10 percent of passenger-related fatal incidents involved more than two riders (i.e. a driver and two or more passengers). When two or more passengers were involved, a passenger was more likely to be fatally injured, according to CPSC.
Veritech Consulting Engineering specializes in the reconstruction and analysis of motor vehicle accidents, with a specific specialty in ATV and UTV accident reconstruction. If you are an attorney looking for an expert with a case involving an ATV or UTV please contact Veritech’s ATV expert, Mark Kittel, P.E. to discuss the specifics of your case. 303-660-4395
- The prevalence of passenger use and the reasons why passengers ride on ATVs;
- Potential means of preventing passengers from being carried on ATVs not intended for that purpose;
- Potential impacts of these requirements on the utility of ATVs; and
- Possible changes to ATV design that would prevent passenger use and whether such changes would be translated into a performance standard.