Yamaha Rhino ATVs Linked to Rollover Accidents
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one because of a Yamaha Rhino ATV rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Several factors will be considered in determining your eligibility for compensation, including the nature of your injuries, the speed of the vehicle, the type of terrain and sharpness of the turn.
- Yamaha Rhino ATV rollover accidents can result in a number of serious injuries, including broken and crushed legs, ankles, and feet and broken arms. Permanent disfigurement and amputation can result from these injuries. Rollover accidents can also result in the deaths of youth riders.
- Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A.
- Additional Details
- Yamaha Rhino All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are motorized vehicles that are used for off-road recreational riding and racing. In addition, they provide transportation for the purposes of herding livestock, ranching, farming, rescue efforts in remote areas, and cargo transportation.
- In March 2009, Yamaha announced a repair program for Rhino 50, 660, and 700 models to address rollover safety defects.
All ATVs can be potentially dangerous, due to their considerable weight, the high speeds that they can reach, and the limited safety features. One of the greatest ATV Accident Risks is the rollover.
A number of serious injuries, many caused by rollovers, have been linked to the Yamaha Rhino ATV, a relative newcomer to the All-Terrain Vehicle market. The most common injuries related to these ATV accidents are to the lower portion of the driver or passengers bodies, including broken and crushed legs, ankles and feet. Yamaha Rhino passengers have also broken arms as they tried to break their fall during an ATV rollover. Yamaha Rhino ATV accidents are serious; some victims of Yamaha Rhino rollovers have required the amputation of limbs and other rollovers have crushed children to death. The accidents associated with the Yamaha Rhino go above and beyond the standard risks associated with ATV use. It has been alleged that the vehicle may contain design defects which make it unsafe.
Because of accidents associated with the Rhino ATV, in 2006 Yamaha issued safety warnings for its Rhino ATV customers. These focused on the use of seat belts and helmets. Yamaha also pointed out that the risk of ATV rollovers increased when drivers took turns too fast, offering guidelines for how to handle a Yamaha Rhino rollover.
In 2007, in order to make the vehicles safer, Yamaha provided a special offer to Rhino ATV owners (2004 to 2007 Yamaha Rhino ATVs), for new doors and passenger handholds. These were provided and installed in order to prevent ATV riders from sticking out arms or legs during rollover accidents.
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