People who have been involved in an ATV rollover crash may need a lawyer to help them seek compensation for their injuries. All-terrain vehicles have been popular since the early 1980s and are a popular form of transportation in rural areas, particularly for people who own large tracts of land. These vehicles can travel through areas that are impossible for other automobiles to handle, so great care must be used while operating them. Even a small problem with the vehicle can result in severe injury if the driver is traveling through dangerous terrain.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, has tracked the number of fatal accidents that these vehicles have been involved in for years. In 2009, the CPSC believes about 650 people were killed in wrecks associated with these vehicles. The number of nonfatal injuries is much higher, and the CPSC believes that more than 100,000 people were harmed in crashes involving ATVs in 2009. This figure was particularly troublesome for children under the age of 16, because more than 30,000 were harmed during vehicle accidents. In general, the younger the driver, the more likely they were to be involved in an accident. For this reason, it is important children use vehicles that are designed for younger drivers.
Between 1987 and 1997, three wheel models were banned because they were considered less stable than four-wheel models. Since 1997, manufacturers have been allowed to resell these models. However, they are less stable, injuries caused by three-wheel models and four-wheel models are equally serious. Anything from multiple broken bones, to brain damage, to death can be caused by an ATV rollover crash. A personal injury lawyer can help these victims determine what the cause of the accident was and who is at fault. An injury attorney can be a valuable ally in this circumstance, because there are multiple consumer recalls that victims may not be aware of regarding these vehicles.
For example, Honda has recalled around 40,000 Honda Ranchers after reports showed that the vehicle’s rubber constant velocity boots could be compromised. If torn or pierced, several joints in the boots can bind, taking away steering control from the driver. Kawasaki has recalled around 6,000 2008 KFX 90s and KFX 50s. The throttle on these vehicles may jam and fail to return to the idle position when not engaged. This can cause the vehicle to careen out of control. KYMCO USA has recalled about 1,700 2008 Mongoose Youths after discovering a manufacturing flaw in the vehicles carburetor. This can force the throttle to remain open while in operation, taking away acceleration control from the driver.
All of these defects can result in a serious ATV rollover crash. Fortunately, an injury lawyer experienced in these cases may be able to help mitigate the cost of medical treatment and vehicle replacement. After filing the suit, the attorney will represent the victim in settlement negotiations and, if necessary, in the courtroom. This will help the victim navigate the complexities of the legal system and ensure they are represented throughout the process.