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ATV Expert Witness Bill Uhl
Watch the short video about creating a safe snowmobile creek-crossing bridge. Crossing without a correct safety bridge can be so dangerous that you may be risking an accident, injury or even death. Even a temporary bridge can solve many hazards you don’t want be challenged by. As you watch the video, think about how the bridge will look when the snow covering the surrounding area melts in the spring. Notice the crisscross sticks on top of some logs. Also notice how the sunny side has started to melt out. Observe how the logs span the gap of a drainage ditch alongside a trail that has very steep sides and is impossible to cross without the temporary bridge. Consider how this fun, relatively simple process can create safe access to a recreational area on the other side.
Enjoy your time in the snow! Just make sure you go prepared for the unexpected, including a possible night out when you least expect it.
Bill Uhl competing upon his Penton motorcycle in the final special test, on his way to becoming the top placing American rider at the 1973 ISDT in Dalton Massachusetts.
As a Court-Qualified Expert Witness regarding safety training to prevent accidents when riding ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles (dirt bikes, dual sports and street bikes), I’m often asked to explain how my professional passion and background created my current career.
The 1973 ISDT (International Six Days Trial), known as The Olympics of Motorcycling, was held in Dalton, Massachusetts. It was the first time this event was held in the United States in its 60-year history. The ISDT is the longest running motorcycle event in the world, spanning 106 years, from 1913 to 2019. (In 1981, the event name was changed to ISDE, International Six Days Enduro.)
If you care about All Terrain Vehicle (ATV), Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV), or Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) rider safety and you are an ROV owner / operator, tour company guide, tour company owner or other company or organization official, this is an important article for you to read. There are a multitude of reasons that an OHV Pre-Ride Inspection should follow relevant manufacturer guidelines, owner’s manuals and operator’s manuals. Caution can help you prevent All-Terrain Vehicle accidents, injuries and deaths.
ATV and UTV manufacturers say ATVs and UTVs are not toys and can be hazardous to operate.Manufacturers issue warnings like: These vehicles handle differently than other vehicles, such as motorcycles and cars. A collision or rollover can occur quickly, even during routine maneuvers like turning or driving on hills or over obstacles if an operator fails to take proper precautions.