Mechanical Defects in ATVs Can Cause Life-Altering Accidents

Miley Legal Group

After an ATV accident, you may not be sure how you’ll be able to pay for your medical bills or what your options are for seeking legal recourse. The most common types of ATV injuries are serious, so it is highly likely that you are feeling a significant amount of pain both physically and emotionally. When deciding whether or not to file a West Virginia personal injury claim, you should know that a great number of ATV related injuries are caused by mechanical defects in the vehicle.

Not too long ago, there was a recall issued on the Polaris Sportsman ATV because of a defective suspension system. The problem was in the front suspension joint; it could potentially (and did) come apart from the steering knuckle and disable the entire steering mechanism, causing the rider to lose control.

Several years prior to this recall, Polaris had to issue a recall on another ATV model because its rear wheels tended to lock up. This defect caused an equally devastating loss of control for the driver of the ATV.

These Polaris recalls are only two examples of ATV defects. In fact, most ATV mechanical defects have to do with either the steering or the brakes. Either one of those defects could cause a loss of control and result in catastrophic injuries. If you are unable to avoid obstacles, avoid rolling, or stop your vehicle, you are often unable to avoid injury.

If you have been injured because of a mechanical defect in your ATV, you have been injured by the negligence of the manufacturer of your vehicle and you may be eligible to seek compensation from that manufacturer.

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Recreation opportunities abound in West Virginia, but ATV riding can lead to potentially serious or fatal accidents. If you have been harmed because of somebody else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to seek justice. The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation – (304) 326-1800