On May 5, 2014, I had an accident while driving my Yamaha Grizzly ATV in dangerous terrain. I tried to steer my ATV down a steep hill to avoid rolling over sideways. The hill was too steep to slow the ATV down using the brakes and it struck something with the left front wheel and flipped over forward and landed upside down. I don’t remember the part when I was thrown into the air and landed on my back after a 270-degree turn. This was reported to me by my girlfriend. The impact knocked me unconscious for a few seconds. I woke up in pain in my back and head. I didn’t know whether I broke any bones. I told my girlfriend and the two other people who came to me “don’t move me” because that might cause further damage. After a few minutes, the pain subsided and I could move my legs and arms without additional pain, so they were not broken. I stood up and walked around a little without much pain. The swelling and bruising would come later. I refused to go to the emergency room at the hospital, but a couple of days later decided to get X-rays of my lower back and wrist because of the swelling. Only my left wrist had a small bone fracture.
I didn’t ride my ATV for a few months. I feared another accident. When I started riding again I was very cautious and avoided difficult terrain. Until now, November 8, 2018, I never had another accident. I am positive that I would remember if I had another accident.
The ATV did not incur any physical damage because it landed on the two boxes it was carrying. There was a large wooden box on the back attached to the carrying rack, and there was a smaller plastic box on the front attached to the carrying rack. The wooden box sustained some damage. I patched it back together with a few pieces of wooden siding. The impact of the left front wheel absorbed the impact as it was a low-pressure tire and the steering system pushed the left handle into my left wrist causing the bone fracture. Later examination showed there was no damage to the body or frame of the ATV.