jhwentworth

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  1. Off Topic

    The insurance company is claiming the guy drove the vehicle in an unsafe and negligent manner and wants the money they gave the owner back from the guy. In New Hampshire, the uninsured motorist portion covers only medical expenses. The driver was from Mass, so I'd assume he had insurance, but does that cover a borrowed car? In most cases the insurance follows the car not the driver, although most auto insurance will cover a rental car. For the guys sake I hope he has personal liability insurance in his homeowner's policy along with an umbrella policy. Like I said about #1......
  2. Off Topic

    I'm calling this off topic, but there is some connection between sleds and trucks and trailers, so maybe it's not too far off base. Back in 2017 a guy wanted to buy a 2013 F-150 Ford pickup in a private sale from a woman in Laconia. He got permission to test drive the truck and as part of the test towed his boat/trailer to Paugus Bay and attempted a launch. The launch didn't go well when he exited the truck with the transmission in reverse while launching, and boat, trailer, and the Ford ended up in Lake Winnpesaukee. The owner filed a claim with her insurance company and it was settled for $30,691.49 to cover damages. In March of this year the insurance company sued the guy who sank the Ford to recover the money they paid the truck owner. I'm sure there are lessons to be learned here. 1. Have a very good insurance company and agent. 2. Letting an unattended prospective buyer in a private sale test drive a vehicle is a bit risky. 3. Letting a prospective buyer use your vehicle to transport and launch a boat is riskier. 4. See #1 I guess you could substitute snowmobile for boat. I'd also guess that any long term insurance agent could tell a similar story. Full story. I wonder if the woman still has the same insurance company?
  3. Something to think about

    Over the weekend there were two separate snowmobile accidents in Gorham involving a sled hitting a tree. The sled operators were middle-aged women from Maryland and Florida, and both were wearing helmets but lacked experience. I'd guess that one or both of these accidents involved a borrowed or rental sled. Union Leader GORHAM — A Florida woman was injured Saturday when she lost control of a snowmobile and struck a tree, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said. Christina Coleman, 49, of Juno Beach, Fla., crashed around 6 p.m. Saturday on Bear Spring Trail, Fish and Game said in a news release. Coleman’s son, who was riding with her, assisted her back to the trail and called for help, the news release said. Coleman, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital for further evaluation and treatment, according to the news release. Investigators said inexperience was considered the primary cause of the crash. GORHAM, N.H. — A woman was seriously hurt in a snowmobile crash in Gorham on Sunday. At 5:25 p.m., Inna Getsin, 37, of Owings Falls, Maryland, struck a tree when she lost control while navigating a turn on Bear Spring Trail. Getsin was thrown from the snowmobile but was able to get herself back on the trail. Members of her riding party came to her aid and called 911. Getsin was transported by ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation and treatment. Getsin was wearing a helmet. Inexperience is considered the primary cause of the crash.
  4. Something to think about

    I'd guess that the rental company offers insurance protection at an extra cost, but probably has some sort of liability coverage to protect themselves.. Still, if rental sleds are involved in a third of sled accidents somebody is paying for the damages.
  5. Something to think about

    In an earlier post about ride to Evans Notch I wrote about some folks on rental sleds we met while in the notch. I'd guess they were sled newbies. Today I saw this on the NHSA site. Snowmobile Rental Accidents Out of approximately 42,000+ registered snowmobiles in NH, only 318 are rental units Yet 32% of snowmobile accidents in the 2017/2018 season involved a rented snowmobile Inexperience was a contributing factor in all of those accidents Seems odd that less than 1% of the sleds were involved in 32% of the accidents. These rental sleds probably put on a lot more miles each year than most sleds, but even if the rentals put on double or triple the mileage it's still out of line. There's a parallel with teenage auto drivers: "according to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 16- to 17-year old drivers are nine times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults and six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults." It's probably fair to say that a person who would operate a sled with minimal training and zero experience could be considered risk tolerant. High risk tolerance and inexperience, what could go wrong? I wonder what the insurance rates are for rental sleds?
  6. It worked for me. Nice work.
  7. ATVs on public roads issues

    The ATV ban bills failed in all three towns. http://www.colbsent.com/breakingnews.php As for the Colebrook "recreation trails supervisor" position, it died too. Metallak ATV Club president Craig Washburn opened discussion on Article 27, which proposed the Recreation Trails Supervisor position, by stating, "I'd like to know why the taxpayers are going to pay for something I've been doing 40 years for free." Julie Moran pointed out this person would be neutral and work as a mediator "so we can address the issues residents are angry about." Mr. Placy said the board views this as a move that would help the club, but Terry Rosi disagreed with the need for a $10,000 position. "I think this can be worked out between both sides with some transparency," he said. The measure failed, nullifying the next article that would have funded the position, and the 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at 10:55.
  8. ATVs on public roads issues

    Today's Union Leader has a story on the three North Country towns voting on ATV bans on public roads. This story has been widely covered, but Colebrook seems to be going a step beyond a simple ATV ban. " Colebrook voters will also weigh funding the temporary position of recreation trails supervisor. That person’s duties will include discussing with landowners “possible ATV use of snowmobile trails; working as a facilitator to bring landowners and members of the ATV community together to seek solutions in places known and referred to as ‘problem areas…’” and to seek funding for work on trails and bridges. The board of selectmen would set the supervisor’s salary and he or she would be required to make a presentation at Town Meeting."
  9. Official 2019 riding pic thread

    That's pretty good.
  10. Freedom to Evens Notch

    No. Just make sure to stay on C19. You'll also see signs for ITS81 (Maine), but as long as there are C19 signs you're OK.
  11. Snow Totals

    5"-6" in Loudon. Snow is heavy and wet, probably finish up as some rain.
  12. Freedom to Evens Notch

    Yeah, but did you see his tepee?
  13. random photo thread

    Not much like summer.
  14. Freedom to Evens Notch

    I think you're right. From that marina there are several local SOS trails to reach C-19.
  15. Freedom to Evens Notch

    I don't know. From Freedom we traveled north and west to reach C-19 on SOS trails. We parked at a marina in Freedom. I had to be shown where to park, and from looking at a map I'd guess that the distance from Polly's Crossing might be further than we rode.