Every year, thousands are killed or seriously injured in ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) accidents, and often because of design defects.
ATV accidents that result in serious injury or death have significantly increased (according to a report published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission) for the eighth year straight.
Rachel Weintraub, Director of Product Safety for Consumer Federation of America, implicated the entire ATV industry for not doing more to prevent ATV accidents. American Academy of Pediatrics President David T. Taylor, Jr., MD joins Weintraub’s sentiment. “ATVs continue to kill and seriously injure children at alarming rates…the industry has done nothing to make these dangerous vehicles safer.”
The CPSC also related some unnerving statistics. More than a 150,000 serious injuries resulted from ATV accidents over the last year, and there has been a 37 percent increase in serious all terrain vehicle injuries since 2001. Weintraub went so far as to suggest that that the new generation of ATVs should be “designed to eliminate hazards.” Adding a note of finality to the discussion, researchers at the University of Kentucky published results suggesting that national size guidelines for all-terrain vehicle were “inadequate to ensure the safety of young riders.”
There are many causes of ATV, UTV, side-by-side (SxS), and 4-wheeler accidents, including:
- Reckless driving
- Faulty ATV mechanical work
- Heavier, more powerful ATV’s being marketed and produced without proper instructions and manuals
- Manufacturing defect – ATVs having high center of gravity and narrow track width, causing vehicle to flip over easy when being turned (causing a quarter crash roll)
Types of ATV accident injuries.
In most cases, the types of injuries caused by these of vehicles are severe and permanent. The most common types of personal injuries caused by ATV wrecks include:
- Broken or crushed arms and hands
- Amputation of arms and legs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries from head impact
- Crushing injuries from being pinned to ground resulting in paralysis or wrongful death
As a result of the severity of these injuries, some manufacturers began issuing warnings. Some manufacturers send their customers warning labels advising them that their ATVs may roll over on uneven terrain or if the vehicles were turned too quickly. Other warning labels warned riders and drivers to keep their arms and legs in the vehicle. The notice failed to include anything about safety precautions regarding use of seat belts, application of a new type of door, or maneuverability issues.
If you have been injured by an all terrain vehicle, ATV, or in a 4-wheeler, 3-Wheeler, or any kind of off-road accident, you need an experienced Dallas ATV accident lawyer that can fight for the compensation that you or your loved one deserves. We will not allow the ATV industry to blame you for the their negligence, and we will fight hard to get the justice you’re owed. We explore every legal option and look for all parties who may bear some responsibility for the accident.
Please call Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313 or fill out the contact form on this page for a confidential and free case evaluation. Speak with our accident lawyers about the details of your four-wheeler wreck, and learn the legal options available to you.
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