Snowmobile and ATV Accident Investigation and Reconstruction

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Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2006 - Law - 486 pages
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The increased popularity of snowmobile and ATV use in recent years has resulted in a rise in related accidents and injuries. Reconstruction of these types of accidents poses a unique challenge due to their nature and the lack of data available to investigators. This new edition of a groundbreaking text is the most complete of its kind in the area of snowmobile and ATV accident reconstruction and litigation.You'll find detailed reference material covering the technical aspects of snowmobile and ATV product design, performance, mechanical operation, safety, trail design and administration, maintenance, mapping and accident investigation and reconstruction. You will also find information on human factors issues such as driver training, speed, use of helmets and protective clothing, compensation for weather conditions, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. You will also gain much information on snowmobile and ATV law, as this book contains the most complete summary of law, tactics and pleadings regarding snowmobile and ATV accidents ever published. In developing this book, the author, a nationally recognized and accredited snowmobile and ATV accident reconstruction expert and instructor, and his team conducted extensive dynamic tests with snowmobiles and ATVs and related equipment. They also conducted extensive interviews of those involved in the snowmobile and ATV industry including snowmobile and ATV users, designers, manufacturers, trainers, mechanics, accident reconstructionists and investigators, law enforcement personnel and attorneys. They also extensively researched accident reports, court cases and legislation relating to snowmobiles and ATVs in both the United States and Canada to compile the most complete snowmobile and ATV law reference available. A CD-ROM with additional information, resources and databases for snowmobile and ATV accident reconstruction is included with the book. If you are involved in a snowmobile or ATV accident case or concerned with snowmobile and ATV safety in any form, this book will be a very helpful and necessary addition to your library.

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Richard Hermance is a nationally recognized and accredited accident reconstruction expert who has been retained by such varied agencies as the United States Attorneys Office, the FBI, U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Department of Fish and Game, New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, as well as many other private and municipal entities throughout the country. Mr. Hermance has been involved in many snowmobile and ATV accident investigations and reconstructions and has conducted a research and testing program with Arctic Cat Corporation to provide empirical test data for snowmobile accident reconstruction as well as to study the feasibility of various new safety systems for snowmobiles. Mr. Hermance has also conducted many deceleration and testing projects with ATVs. He is the author of the SESRA study on the dynamic effects of traction products in the snowmobile industry. Mr. Hermance has testified throughout the country as a reconstruction expert and belongs to many professional associations in the accident reconstruction community. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstruction and Investigators. He also has served on the research testing and evaluation committee as well as the ethics committee. Mr. Hermance has designed an accident reconstruction course which he has taught in California to the U.S. Forest Service, in South Dakota to the South Dakota Department of Fish and Game, in New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, and to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Mr. Hermance designed the first advanced snowmobile safety program in conjunction with the State of New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. He is a member of the New York State Snowmobile Advisory Council which reports to the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.An avid snowmobile and ATV rider for the past twenty-five years, Mr. Hermance has ridden extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He is a New York state certified snowmobile safety instructor and volunteers yearly with his test riders and mechanics in teaching the young snowmobiler safety course in New York. Mr. Hermance is president of Collision Research, Ltd., located in Tillson, New York.

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