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Re: ATV Accidents
« Reply #40 on: July 11, 2007, 10:53:10 PM »
A lot of us have bin dere, dun dat. ;)
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Re: ATV Accidents
« Reply #41 on: August 21, 2007, 04:11:55 PM »
We only recently got our Polaris Hawkeye for use around our 20 acre Cat Ranch, but has been worth the price.
One thing that came with our 2007 ATV was TRAINING!  Polaris gave a $100 gift certifcate to go to a 4 hour training seminar on proper use and riding technique for ATV's.
The class was open to ANYONE who had a "you are original owner" ATV, even if the machine was several years old and Polaris gave the $100 gift certificate to everyone who participated, even if the name brand was different.
You had to have a helmet, goggles and proper attire to ride, so there should not be any excuse not to wear your gear when riding.  We invested in the proper gear and spent the time both at the seminar and at home, practicing the moves of our ATV.
I highly recommend the training to anyone who purchases the machine.  It really goes over some important points and I learned a lot about doing things correctly BEFORE you get hurt.
As others have pointed out, respect for the power of these machines is very important.  You CAN operate safely ... if you WILL.

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Re: ATV Accidents
« Reply #42 on: August 22, 2007, 08:10:24 AM »
Update to MY own post!
Spoke TOO soon!  Was I saying something about respect?
Well.. my husband.. birthday #49 on SUNDAY no less, was supposed to be going down to pick up the mail....
Yep.. lost respect... just HAD to do a couple of DONUTS in the soft sand and gravel... flipped that Hawkeye and gouged a cut in his forearm about an inch and a half...
WIFE NOT PLEASED.
I called Arky to get prayer for said husband ..before I KILL HIM... but ..Arky says..
"It's a man thing."  I should just patch him up, kiss and make it all better and forgive him.
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Re: ATV Accidents
« Reply #43 on: August 22, 2007, 10:12:11 AM »
and the forgiveness of their partners  :D
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Re: ATV Accidents
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2007, 10:32:56 AM »
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How's the Hawkeye after the flip?  And how did the helmet fare?   :)

Gotta admire the wisdom of that Arky.... ;D     ..and OWW ;D
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« Reply #45 on: August 22, 2007, 02:40:00 PM »
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How's the Hawkeye after the flip?  And how did the helmet fare?   :)

Gotta admire the wisdom of that Arky.... ;D     ..and OWW ;D
The Hawkeye lost the seat, but he put that back on.  Oh and the thumb control goes ALL the way around " See here, honey".. I just pulled back into place :)  Helmet was NOT on.. (another annoyance to wife) he lost his $390 glasses but FOUND them fortunately.
Once he got it righted.. it was a little hard to start, but he came back to the house all bloodied up on it.  I patched him up and then he STILL had to go back down and get the mail.. SAFELY this time! :-*

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Re: ATV Accidents
« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2007, 02:42:20 PM »
Son Chris worked in the “step down unit” (that’s where you go if you make it past Emergency and Critical Care wards”) in one of three major hospitals in Columbia Missouri.  He said the emergency room receives over 300 cases of ATV injuries a year.  That’s just one of three major hospitals.  There are a number of smaller ones plus clinics, etc. in the county that probably also treats injured people.  Then too,  how many just “walk it off”. 
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« Reply #47 on: August 22, 2007, 04:44:42 PM »
I was doing some hack and squirt Monday after work on my property.  It was so hot that Miss Scarlet was lying under the truck by the water pan I brought.  Well, I heard an engine and realized it was a trespasser on an ATV.   I saw him riding throught the trees, and when he came out on the woods road about 100 yards from me, I yelled and began waving my arms to get his attention.  He saw me and stopped (first mistake).

It was a young boy about 13 or 14 years old on an old 3-wheeler.  No helmet.  He could see the stern look on my face and immediately began to apologize saying he thought he was on someone's else land (of course this is what all the trespassers say).  Anyway, when he stopped, the 3-wheeler shut off.  He said it would not crank unless it was pushed off.  He said that he had just got it, paid $25 for it.  After our trespass and respecting other people's propery discussion (he liked to slide on the pine straw he said.......tears up my property I said) he pushed the 3-wheeler down the woods road with one hand on the seat and one hand on the handle bar trying to start it in a high gear.  The 3-wheeler was spitting and popping, and finally caught up.  As he was running alongside the running 3-wheeler trying to mount, I thought about this thread.  He was gone before I had time for a safety discussion. ::)
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« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2007, 06:48:08 PM »
I couple of years ago I seen two ATV come out of my creek (yes – MY creek,  it’s too small to navigate with a boat so it’s private property) and head across one of my field up into my woods.  I grabbed my 1911 and jumped into the Durango and went up the road to my folks and down the ridge to cut them off.  I was too late but I knew where they were heading so I went up the county road where they cut out from crossing my cousin’s property.   They looked back and “got on it”.  Up at the intersection one went straight across without stopping and the other made a quick turn to the right.  I followed the one that went to the right.  He went about a half mile then turned around.  I stopped him in the county road.  It was a young man about 16-18 years old. He lived right there and he and another guy (probably his dad) had turned their two acres into a pig pen playing with the ATV for about a year.

I gave him an opportunity to give me an explanation for why they were on my property.  I asked,  “Did you have some business being down on my farm?”  He admitted he didn’t.  I told him to stay off and to tell his buddy to also stay off and that went for my cousin’s property too.  (They are absentee land owners since my uncle passed away and they depend on me to watch the place.)

Upon further investigation I found that they had smashed down a fence to get onto my cousin’s property and then another to get onto my property.  They had cut brush and hacked limbs to connected old logging roads for about a mile and had marked the trail with ribbons.  I also later found out that the neighbor two farms down the valley had been having trouble with ATVs trespassing and knocking down his corn.  That very day he had shot over the heads of two trespassers. 

My cousins came up the following weekend and we repaired the fences and put up some barriers where they had crossed.  And a pot load of “no trespassing” signs.  My cousin went over to the offending neighbors and visited with them.  We’ve had no more problems. 
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« Reply #49 on: August 22, 2007, 08:50:10 PM »
Well...it’s all Honda’s fault.  If memory serves me correctly they introduced a 90cc 3 wheeler, but within couple of years it was a 110.  Shortly thereafter a 185 which I couldn’t resist and just few months later the 200.  Now the race was on and Honda came out with the 250R...something else I couldn’t resist buying.  Couple thousand more dollars and I had a 3 wheeler that would run 70 MPH.

I guess I’m lucky...no major scars.  Me and the kids putt around slowly on 4 wheelers now, but I really prefer the Gator type machines or my little 4 wheel drive tractor.
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« Reply #50 on: August 22, 2007, 09:35:04 PM »
I don't want to offend the ATV purists on the Forum, but I have suffered several "ATV attacks" on my property.  The attackers usually run in herds, and chew up the land.  They come in fast, and they leave fast.  It is almost always young boys without property, so they rove the neighboring environs.  I guess that is just the way young teenage boys are, but it is irritating that they do not respect others property :-\.
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« Reply #51 on: August 22, 2007, 10:21:06 PM »
To be fair,  my son brought an ATV back with him from Arizona. He used it when he hunted. He left it here on the farm for a couple of years.  I would use it from time to time to keep from walking so much.  Also hauled out a couple of deer with it and put a sprayer on it to kill multi-floral rose bushes. He sold it to a friend with a couple of teenage boys.  One boy was giving his buddy a ride. When he went up a steep band it rolled it over backwards.  He walked away with a broken arm.

We rent our pasture out to two brother farmers.  They check and feed their heifers every day.  Many times they use one or two ATVs because there live across and down the valley only about a mile away as the crow flies but about a 10 mile drive to go by road.  They have permission to cross through two farms to get to ours.  You’ll never hear them run them over a putt, putt, putt.  They use them to do all kinds of farm chores. 
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« Reply #52 on: August 23, 2007, 12:48:14 AM »
Folks,

(beware, rant follows...)

I spent 15 years in EMS.  In our rural county of 12,000 people we average 2 to 3 ATV fatalities each year. Every year, at least one victim is a child who was not wearing a helmet.  Lemme tell ya, as an EMT, it is absolutely no fun working on a dead child. And it is even less fun working on a child who died in an ATV accident when you know that a $100  helmet probably would have saved their life...   

I'm not talking about drunks doing face-plants into a tree at 60 mph.  A 12 y.o. girl bouncing off of the back of grandpa's ATV while checking cows landed head first on a rock. A toddler hit a fence post head first when dad lost control of the new ATV he was showing off. 

If adults want to ride without a helmet, so be it.  They are adults.  They can make adult decisions.  But letting a child ride a $4,000 to $6,000 machine without spending $100 for a decent helmet...  I just can't understand...

To me the only thing worse than being an EMT working on a dead child would be to be the parent of a child who died on an ATV and knowing I could have prevented my child's death by spending an additional $100 for a properly fitted helmet and enforcing it's use...

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« Reply #53 on: August 23, 2007, 11:28:27 AM »
Follow up on the husband doing donuts.
He has LEARNED his lesson.. no more donuts.  Helmet when riding down the road, ( no helmet ok on chores near the house under 5 MPH) Shirt with sleeves and good riding shoes.
Of course he KNEW all this ahead of time, but this little spill has brought it home.
He was very sorry to have upset me and promises faithfully to be more careful.
As related,we live on 20 acres WAAAAY far from town, so had he been seriously hurt, it would have cost a lot to get him to a doctor.
So, he is forgiven, patched up and kissed to make it all better  :-*

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« Reply #54 on: August 27, 2007, 12:04:41 PM »

Good points, WARREN.  Further reinforces what we've been saying. Some accidents are un-preventable, most are preventable.
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