Bronx ATV Accident
While All Terrain Vehicles, commonly referred to as ATVs, are a fun and popular recreational vehicle, they can also be very dangerous. All too often victims of ATV accidents suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries and back injuries. In fact, recently a well-known NASCAR Cup Series champion suffered a back injury in an ATV accident. Even when safety gear such as a helmet is used ATV accidents can leave victims seriously injured. If no safety gear is used, or if it is not used properly, then the degree of injury increases exponentially. Sadly, in some cases an ATV accident leads to death. Many of those injured in ATV accidents are children. Recently in New York a 13-year-old girl was riding an ATV along with a 12-year-old friend. The ATV collided with a tractor. Both girls were ejected from the ATV, killing the 13-year-old. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 9,600 ATV related deaths over the past 30 years. While there are many possible causes of ATV accidents, many such accidents are caused by negligence. If you or a family member was injured in an ATV accident due to the negligence of another person, it is important to speak with an experienced Bronx ATV personal injury attorney who will explain your options for pursuing a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim.Danger of ATVs
ATVs are particularly dangerous in part due to their design and in part because people few them as fun, recreational vehicles not as potentially dangerous motorized vehicles. One reason that they are inherently dangerous is because they are very heavy—weighing more than 800 pounds, and they have a high center of gravity. As a result, like SUVs, ATVs are prone to roll over. Another reason that ATVs are prone to accidents is that they are often used on harsh terrain and rough surfaces. As a result inexperienced drivers have a tendency to lose control of the vehicle on this type of terrain.
Because ATVs do not have the same safety features of other types of vehicles, ATV accidents tend to result in serious injuries such as a back injury, brain injury, broken collar bone, amputation 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 or paralysis.Product liability claims
While many ATV accidents are caused by negligent driving, other accidents are caused by defects in the ATV. Under product liability law if you are injured in an ATV accident due to a defect in the design or manufacturing of the ATV, you may be able to recover damages from its manufacturer. In recent years there have been multiple defective product lawsuits settled against ATV manufacturers, including multiple lawsuits against the Yamaha Motor Corp. concerning its line of Rhino ATVs. See In re: Yamaha Motor Corp. ATV Products Liability Litigation. No. 3:090-MD-02016-JBC, MDL No. 2016.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you have been injured in an ATV accident it is important to speak to our legal team as soon as possible. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from ATV accidents as well car accidents, truck accidents, and other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.