The Oregon coast and its magnificent sand dunes are popular spots for riding All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). These three- or four-wheeled recreational vehicles are intended to be ridden at high speeds. Because they are heavy, often unstable, machines, however, riding an ATV can cause serious personal injury or death. Consumer Product Safety Commission data indicate that ATVs are involved in more than 700 deaths and 135,000 injuries every year.
Even when ridden at slow speeds, some ATV models appear more likely to roll. The Yamaha Rhino, for example, may roll even on flat surfaces, which has led to many personal injury complaints. Numerous Rhino lawsuits have been filed.
Other ATV models may have design defects or manufacturing defects that make them dangerous. Arctic Cat’s 2008 50cc and 90cc Youth Model ATVs, for example, have been recalled because a speed controller used in these models could fail to return to the idle position when the throttle lever is released, or the speed controller could fail to be at idle on start up. This could result in loss of vehicle control, which could result in serious injury or death to the rider. Fushin USA’s 90cc youth ATV lacks front brakes, a tire pressure gauge, and padding to cover the sharp edges on the handlebar assembly, which could pose a risk of serious personal injury to young riders.
ATV manufacturers should be held accountable if the recreational vehicle models they create and produce contain dangerous design and engineering flaws that cause serious personal injury or death. The Law Office of Dane E. Johnson is an aggressive litigation law firm dedicated to driving dangerous products off the market and recovering compensation for the injured.
If you or a loved one sustain a serious personal injury riding a three or four-wheeled off-road vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. An ATV accident attorney can assist in recovering for injuries or wrongful death. Contact Oregon personal injury lawyer and products liability attorney Dane E. Johnson for a free legal consultation. (800) 714-3204 or (503) 975-8298 in Oregon. You may also click here to contact us online.