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This ATV Crash Doesn't Look Good At All

When it comes to the title, some might argue that no crash looks good, and be sort of right… but this very accident looks particularly nasty. ATVs and quads are a different breed of off-road monsters, and in certain conditions, they can become extremely unstable because of their very high center of gravity.
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Sharp turns at higher speeds, downhill rides and especially uphill rides are the most common crash scenarios for these 4-wheelers, with the difference that hill climbing comes with probably the highest chances to have the ATV tumbling over its rider.

Uphill crashes are exceedingly common in two situations: when the ATV doesn’t gain enough speed and inertia to go the whole length of the ramp and stops halfway to the top, prompting the rider to throttle harder, and when he operator is improperly positioned in the seat. Of course, these two are often combined, making the risk of a crash even bigger.

When losing speed uphill, there is however a split second which may make the big difference between crashing hard, possibly with the ATV on top, and making it safely back down. This is the moment when the rides should realize there is nothing more he or she can do, and throttling harder will only flip the quad to whatever nasty end fate has in store for that day. Getting past it is extremely easy, and only experienced or very lucky riders manage to roll the gas off and avoid crashing, or at least avoid crashing very badly.

This rider had the chance to return at the foot of the embankment (0:06) but decided to try his luck with more throttle. Lesson learned the very hard way, though the ATV appears to come crshing down next to the rider, missing him by mere inches.

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