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Instructor and Expert Witness Bill Uhl
Bill Uhl, ATV Safety Trainer and Expert Witness Describes “Accident Prevention Safety Tips to Stop ATV Accidents before they Occur”
Analyze this short video. What did this rider do that placed him at greater risk of an ATV accident?
Use great caution any time you ride in an unfamiliar area. The rider in the video failed to do this.
Always ask yourself the following questions before you enter an unknown situation.
UTV (side by side / ROV / all-terrain vehicle) manufacturers have not been fully forthcoming about the dangers of UTV over-steering. They do not state why over-steering is dangerous in certain situations. As a court qualified Expert Witness, I have often been asked to address this issue.
Most manufacturers provide a simple warning in the owner’s / operator’s manual, “don’t turn too far too fast.” This is an ambiguous, confusing and unquantifiable phrase. What does “too far, too fast” mean to anyone, especially an unskilled operator with little to no experience operating an UTV?
As a Court-Qualified Expert Witness, I’m often asked why it is critical to always have the correct tire pressure in each tire of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Manufacturers provide clear warnings and guidelines in ATV owner’s / operator’s manual. This document stresses the importance of consistently checking and balancing the ATV’s tire pressures to ensure correct handling of the ATV.
Manufacturers know that a standard automotive tire gage will not measure low enough psi to measure the tire pressures in low-pressure tires on an ATV. That is why most ATV manufacturers provide a low-pressure tire gage in the tool kit that comes with the vehicle when it is purchased. The goal is to make it easy and convenient for owners and operators to check their tire pressures.