If you’ve been injured in an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) accident, call our Dallas lawyers at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.
Every year, thousands are killed or seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle accidents, and often because of poor vehicle design. Additionally, ATV accidents that result in serious injury or death have significantly increased for the eighth year straight, according to the CPSC.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an ATV, 4-wheeler, 3-Wheeler, or any kind of off-road vehicle, you need an experienced Dallas ATV accident lawyer that can fight for the compensation that you and your family deserves. We will explore every legal option and look for all parties who may bear responsibility for the accident, and will fight hard to get the justice you’re owed.
Defective by design?
Back in 2008, Rachel Weintraub (the Director of Product Safety for the Consumer Federation of America) implicated the entire ATV industry for not doing more to prevent all-terrain vehicle accidents. The president of American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. David T. Taylor Jr., agrees with Weintraub’s sentiment, stating that “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.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that any significant progress has been made, as there have been a ridiculous number of ATV recalls due to safety issues in recent years.
Most-common causes of ATV accidents.
There are many causes of ATV, UTV, side-by-side (SxS), and 4-wheeler accidents, including:
- Inherent design defects (such as having a high center of gravity and narrow track width, inadequate warnings, etc.)
- Reckless driving
- Carrying passengers
- Faulty mechanical work
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 arms, legs and hands
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries from head impact
- Crush injuries from being pinned to ground, often resulting in 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 labels warned riders and drivers to keep their arms and legs in the vehicle. The notices failed to include anything about safety precautions regarding use of seat belts, application of a new type of door, or maneuverability issues.
Our Dallas attorneys may be able to help.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an ATV accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 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 for no charge.
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