ATV Manufacturing Defects
A defect in the design or manufacture of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can pose significant safety risks. ATV defects can result in ATV accidents and when such a defect is widespread, a manufacturer may issue a recall for the purpose of correcting the problem.
It is important that ATV owners/operators know where to find recalls. ATVSafety.gov lists recalls by manufacturer and by date of issue. Manufacturers include:
Each recall listed is linked to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) press release or alert.
The most recent recall, announced on March 25, 2008, identified a brake risk for the 2008 Yamaha Rhino YXR450 and YXR700. The brake caliper on the left front wheel may leak break fluid, causing brake failure.
Recalls should be acted on immediately. Where safety is concerned, a recalled ATV should not be operated until the corrections have been made.
If you or a loved one was injured in an ATV accident and you have reason to believe that a defect was to blame, a lawyer for injury can help you understand your legal rights, provide you with examples of ATV accident settlements and determine if you are eligible for compensation.
ATV and Other Motor Vehicle Injuries
ATV accidents can easily result in a closed head trauma or an open head injury, also known as a traumatic brain injury. If the accident was caused as a result of negligence or defect, compensation for head injury may be available.
You may be injured in the course of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in which case DUI attorneys will be able to help protect your legal rights, especially if it is your first DWI offense. ATV accidents are just one of many wrongful death causes; families of those killed in an ATV accident due to the negligent actions of another person are often able to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a car accident lawsuit.