Over the past few years, we have seen more and more accidents involving children and ATVs. In fact, the loss of lives as a result of these accidents continues to grow. We have also seen that parents who have lost children in ATV rollover accidents suffer greatly. No matter how long ago the accident occurred, these parents deal with the grief every day of their lives. Every year 40,000 children and teens are seriously injured and even killed in ATV rollover accidents in the US, according to Concerned Families for ATV Safety.
One would think that the industry – knowing what it knows – would change the way ATVs are designed. They can also have a direct influence on who is using the ATVs and how they are being used. But, ATV manufacturers blame the drivers of the ATVs for the fatal accidents. While some ATV rollovers are the result of inexperience on the part of drivers, the real blame lies with the manufacturers. There are safety features available for the ATVs. The Yamaha Rhino is one of the most dangerous ATVs on the market. For example, installing doors on the Rhino wouldn’t be cost-prohibitive. But when the deaths of children are viewed only as statistics, rather than as individual tragedies, it’s real easy for the industry to say the extra cost is not necessary. Obviously, Yamaha hasn’t put doors in its Rhino design.
The industry knows that young people are exposed to unnecessary risk when riding ATVs. These vehicles tip over too easily and lack adequate safety features. The ATV industry shouldn’t be allowed to get away with manufacturing such potentially dangerous vehicles. That’s the bottom line. Thus far, only the court system – and the filing of lawsuits – have had any significant effect. The ATV industry must be made to design safer vehicles. The families file their lawsuits, hoping that the courts will hold the ATV manufacturers responsible for creating vehicles that tip over too easily, and that their lawsuits will result in design changes. If you want more information on ATVs and rollovers, you can contact Graham Esdale or Chris Glover in our firm to at 800-898-2034.
Source: Lawyers and Settlements
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