All terrain vehicles (ATVs) have been around for close to 40 years, and they can be both useful and fun. An ATV is also known as a quad, quad bike, three-wheeler, or four-wheeler. Some companies have developed ATVs intended for use by the operator and one passenger, these ATVs are referred to as tandem ATVs. Many children enjoy going four-wheeling with their parents as well. They are also extremely dangerous and lead to accidents due to defective parts, design flaws and inappropriate marketing. Driver error comes into question a lot when analyzing how ATV accidents occur. In 2010 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that there were over 100,000 ATV-related injuries that required an emergency room visit. A quarter of those visits were for kids under the age of 16. When you suffer injury in an ATV accident, contact our ATV accident lawyers to learn if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Three-Wheeler ATV Crashes in California
After the first all terrain vehicles were introduced back in 1971, they were known as “three-wheelers”. These vehicles were involved in so many rollovers and injuries, the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit alleging that ATVs and their manufacturers violated the Consumer Product Safety Act. All terrain vehicle manufacturers agreed to stop producing three-wheeled ATVs in 1987. There are still 2.4 million defective three-wheelers out in circulation that were never recalled by manufacturers. Many of these extremely dangerous ATVs remain in use today.
Inadequate Warnings About ATVs
Most people that purchase ATVs get the impression that they don’t need much practice to ride one. The dangers of ATVs are greatly compounded by the fact that they are marketed for children and inexperienced adults. They are presented as being suitable for activities that are likely to result in an accident. This, along with the fact that they lack the appropriate warnings and safety instructions, leaves ATV users unaware of the dangers and how to avoid them.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a defective ATV, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The legal experts at Silverthorne Attorneys are fully prepared to handle any defective vehicle claims, and we will fight aggressively and tirelessly to protect your rights. Our law firm will review the details surrounding your accident and advise you on the best way to proceed with your claim. Call today about your ATV accident injuries. We always provide free legal consultation with no obligation.