In March 2009, the Yamaha Motor Corp. USA recalled 145,000 off-road recreational vehicles. These vehicles are often referred to as all-terrain vehicles or ATVs. Yamaha recalled three models of their popular ATVs: Rhino 450, Rhino 660 and the Rhino 700. The Yamaha Rhino has been linked to numerous deaths and injuries. If you or a loved has been injured in a North Carolina ATV accident, you need an experienced attorney to handle your ATV accident claim.
Yamaha Rhino Injuries and Deaths
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Yamaha Rhino has been involved in the deaths of 46 passengers or drivers. Hundreds of people have been injured while driving or riding in these defective ATV models. Some of the injuries were so severe that the victims had to have their limbs amputated. Over two-thirds of the Yamaha Rhino accidents were rollover accidents, in many of these accidents the driver was driving at a low speed and driving on level ground. Victims state that the Rhino is unstable due to its narrow stance, high ground clearance and powerful engine.
The Yamaha Rhino is not the only ATV that has been linked to fatalities and injuries. According the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since the 1980’s over 10,000 people have died in ATV accidents, one-fourth of deaths have been minors under the age of 16. The amount of ATV injuries that required emergency room treatment has tripled, from 52,800 in 1987 to 150,900 in 2007.
Contact a North Carolina ATV Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a Yamaha Rhino accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Defective product lawsuits can be difficult to try in court, that’s why you want an experienced attorney on your side. Contact our ATV accident attorneys today and we will guide you on your next course of action.
It is likely that we will associate another law firm more experienced in defective drug and product liability claims to assist us in prosecuting your claim, all at no additional cost to you.