The ATV industry has been exploding for years. Traditional All-Terrain Vehicles and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), such as the Yamaha Rhino and John Deer Gator, can offer great utility and recreationzs, but they can also be dangerous. It can be difficult to comprehend why dangerous defects continue to occur within the manufacturing of these vehicles, which then contribute to the injuries and deaths of riders and passengers.
As of December 31, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) calculated that there were 11,001 ATV-related fatalities between 1982 and 2010 in the United States. Over 300 of those accidents occurred in 2010 with 649 of them occurring in 2009 and it is expected that these numbers will continue to increase. However, 2010 alone had 115,000 ATV-related injuries treated within emergency rooms. Approximately 75% of those injuries were individuals over the age of 16.
One of the most common issues that a Minneapolis ATV defect & accident lawyers see is poor design. This is true for the UTV, such as the Yamaha Rhino. The Rhino has seen a lot of media attention and lawsuits in the past 5 years because of its propensity to roll over. Its poor safety design has led to severe injuries and fatalities.
Nonetheless, the perfect example of an ATV with a faulty design is the three-wheeler in the early 1980s. The manufacturers knew that there were risks associated with having only one wheel in the front and two in the back, but they continued to manufacture and sell millions of them. While they haven’t been produced since 1987, there are still some being used today.
Recovering Damages In An ATV Or UTV Accident
When involved in an ATV or UTV accident that you feel was the fault of the manufacturer due to faulty parts or design, you need to speak to a Minnesota ATV defect & accident lawyer as soon as possible. You may be able to recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, and much more. Whether or not a defect was involved depends upon past defects that have occurred in that particular model and an attorney who knows how to have an ATV accident reconstructed and who knows about the mechanics of these vehicles.
When seeking compensation, the source of this compensation is the manufacturer and it is your right to see out compensation for all expenses that have resulted from your injuries or the injuries or death of a loved one.
Contact A Minneapolis ATV Defect & Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an ATV or UTV accident that is believed or known to be due to defective parts, you need to speak to your attorney as soon as possible. We will evaluate every angle of your case and work hard to have the compensation you deserve awarded to you. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 612-TSR-TIME, or fill out our online contact form to tell us about your case and schedule your free case evaluation.