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ATV Accidents (855) 627-6273
Mechanical and Safety Engineering has extensive experience in dealing with All-Terrain Vehicle, Three-Wheeler, Four-Wheeler fatal and injury accident cases. ATV rollover accidents occur when an ATV overturns, resulting in crushing of the operator.
Injuries and fatalities due to ATV's are an obscenity - simple solutions exist to minimize the possibility of an accident occurring and more importantly, to prevent severe injury and death in the event of an all-terrain vehicle accident. Older all-terrain vehicles and some new models failed to use a differential, which results in a higher chance of overturning an ATV. High centers of gravity result in a higher chance of rolling an ATV - MASE product testing can determine if a particular ATV model contains these design defects. A wide range of other product defects could be responsible for ATV accidents, including defective brakes, defective controls, improper operator placement, and manufacturing defects. The propensity of ATV's to overturn due to design defects and highly variant terrain necessitates the use of adequate guarding to protect the product user in the event of an overturning accident. This means a roll-over protective structure, ROPS, combined with a seatbelt. The combination of these low-cost, simple design elements protects the operator in the event of an overturn. Front and rear differentials reduce the likelihood of overturns, a design solution that reduces the possibility of injury and death due to overturns.
Utility Vehicles (UTV) are all-terrain vehicles that normally have seating for two, side-by-side, as well as a small cargo bed. The popularity of these UTV's has increased steadily as people find more and more uses for these vehicles. The problems that have plagued ATV's also cause problems in these vehicles. Even higher centers of gravity make UTV's more likely to overturn than ATV's. While some manufacturers have opted for a disengagable front differential, most do not have a front differential, making turning more difficult and overturn more likely. Many UTV's come equipped with roll over protective structures (ROPS). Some of these roll cages are merely aesthetic, as they are not designed to withstand dynamic forces encountered in rollover situations. MASE has seen roll cages that crush when weighted in an overturn. Some manufacturers build their ROPS to protect the occupants by ensuring adequate strength and supplying seat belts. Many people are being injured however when UTV's overturn and the riders' arms and/or legs fall outside of the vehicle while it is flipping, and these limbs get crushed between the ROPS and the ground. Simple guarding methods such as supplying doors prevent this from occurring. Users who do not use their seat belts are often injured or killed in UTV overturns. Interlocking seat belts to require their use to start the vehicle would reduce the number of these situations.