Recreational Off-highway Vehicles (ROVs) encompass a large variety of different vehicles that are used for many different purposes.


These vehicles are known by many names:

  • ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles)

  • Four-Wheelers

  • RZRs

  • Side By Sides (SxS)

  • UTVs

  • Dirt Bikes

  • and many more...


Other off-road vehicles are designed to travel across water and snow, such as:

  • PWC (Personal watercraft, a.k.a. jet-skis)

  • Snowmobiles (snow machines)

  • Power boats (wakeboard boats, water-ski boats)

Regardless of the name, investigation of accidents involving OHVs (Off-Highway Vehicles) requires special attention to the vehicle's dynamics, rider's control, and assessment of the subject terrain. Vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles are considered “rider-active” vehicles because the rider’s body position has a significant impact on the handling of the vehicle (these vehicles are designed to be influenced by the rider’s position).  While vehicles such as UTVs (a.k.a. side by sides) are not considered rider-active vehicles, an understanding of off-road vehicle operation is still essential to reconstructing an accident involving a UTV.  Our motorcycle and ATV expert has years of experience in the product development and operation of off-road vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and PWCs.  In addition, Veritech engineers have experience and understanding of the dynamics associated with operation of snowmobiles, power boats and other recreational vehicles.

Please contact our off-road vehicle expert, Mark Kittel, P.E. at 303-660-4395 to discuss your case and receive a free initial consultation with honest and candid comments.

Mark Kittel, PE

Mark Kittel, P.E.

Principal Engineer