Attorneys Specializing in ATV Accidents Lawsuits
ATV accidents in Pensacola and across the country have been on the rise in recent years. ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) are used for a variety of recreational and work-related outdoor activities. Although they may seem relatively harmless, ATVs weigh more than half a ton and can travel at speeds in excess of 55 mph, making them a seriously dangerous piece of machinery. In some cases, the negligence of ATV drivers causes accidents that injure others.
It is estimated that 200 to 300 people are killed each year as a result of ATV accidents, approximately 40% of which are under the age of 16. Our Pensacola ATV accident lawyers can help consumers who have been injured (or who have loved ones who have been killed) in an ATV accident to receive the proper compensation.
ATV Accident – Personal Injury
ATV accidents, like motorcycle accidents, have the potential of resulting in serious personal injury because of the lack of protection for riders should an accident occur. ATV accidents have been increasing steadily in recent years as a result of manufacturers building faster, stronger, heavier vehicles capable of causing severe damage. The risk of injury associated with ATVs is such that the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons actually views the vehicle as a public health risk.
ATV accidents can result in serious personal injuries that include: brain injury, burn injury, and spinal cord injury. Of the serious personal injuries caused as a result of ATV accidents, statistics have shown that approximately 75% cause severe damage to the head, neck and spine, often resulting in long term disability and/or paralysis.
ATV Defects – Manufacturer Liability
ATV accidents can result from defective parts that compromise vehicle handling and/or response. One of the more common issues associated with ATV accidents is the all-terrain vehicle’s susceptibility to rollover. ATVs are designed for off-road activities; unfortunately, most riders lack the understanding and precautionary nature required to operate ATVs in an appropriate and safe manner. Rather, most riders push the boundaries on their ATV, riding at excessive speeds while attempting risky and dangerous maneuvers.
Many consumer advocacy groups feel that ATV manufacturers are responsible for a failure to properly educate ATV riders about the potential dangers and hazards associated with use of the all-terrain vehicles. Outside pressure forced manufacturers to institute voluntary ATV safety standards that were introduced to quell such concerns. In accordance with said safety standards, ATV manufacturers agreed to limit the size of the engines fitted in models used by children while incorporating a national training program through which ATV owners could learn important safety features and precautionary measures associated with the use of their vehicle.
The failure of ATV manufacturers to adequately prepare consumers for the risks associated with use of their product is such that it makes them liable for certain injuries and/or deaths caused as a result of ATV accidents. It can be said that ATV rider negligence is simply a part of a greater negligence on the part of ATV manufacturers whose focus on profits blinds them from sufficiently protecting the general public from harm.
KTM ATV Recall Due to Brake Failure
KTM North America of Amherst, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,700 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) due to brake failure. The recalled ATVs have faulty rear brake caliper supports, which can cause riders to lose control of steering and braking. Defective caliper supports can put ATV riders at risk for serious injuries or death.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with KTM North America to encourage consumers to cease the use of the defective ATVs and contact a KTM dealer to receive a free repair.
KTM North America is recalling ATVs sold from August 2007 to January 2009. The particular models in question are the 450XC, the 525XC, the 450SX and the 505SX. KTM North America has contacted consumers who have purchased these models.
Yamaha ATV Recall
Yamaha Motor Corportation has issued a voluntary recall of more than 120,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATV). This recall follows reports of more than 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries caused by rollover accidents. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to cease using the ATVs until they have been repaired.
Yamaha is offering free repairs to any consumer with the 450, 660 or 700 models of ATVs, which feature a design flaw that makes them vulnerable to rollover accidents. To prevent instability and rollovers, the company is installing a spacer on the rear wheels and removing the rear anti-sway bar to improve vehicle handling. In addition, they are adding features to more safely secure the passenger within the vehicle.
ATV Accident Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. ATV manufacturers may be liable for injuries caused as a result of using their products. To find out if you are eligible to file an ATV accident lawsuit, contact the ATV accident lawyers at the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz at (844) 794-7402. They are premier personal injury lawyers in Pensacola. The lawyers and staff of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz are adept at dealing with a variety of personal injury lawsuits, including those for Pensacola wrongful death victims and those injured by defective medical devices or drug side effects. They can help answer any questions you might have with regards to ATV accidents or other injuries. When you think of Pensacola car accidents lawyers, think of AWKO Law.