While recreational vehicles are most often thought to be traditional RVs with their bus-like appearances, vehicles used in recreational pursuits can also include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), bicycles and motorcycles. Those who drive or ride in these types of vehicles are susceptible to many of the same types of collisions and potential product defects as those who drive cars or ride buses. Beasley Allen has handled a number of cases involving serious injury or death due to recreation vehicles.
Accidents involving RVs can be caused or worsened by their large size and travel speeds. In particular, we have found RVs are likely to have tire defects. Often times, the tires used in RVs involved in accidents were originally designed for urban delivery vehicles and speed-rated for only 65 miles per hour continuous use. The tire is prone to overheat on RVs that typically travel at higher speeds for extended periods, particularly after speed limits were increased throughout most of the country.
ATVs may not be able to withstand all the terrain conditions consumers are led to believe. Beasley Allen has handled several cases involving ATVs that were involved in rollover accidents due to design defects that make them fundamentally unstable on uneven terrain. In addition to rollover accidents, they can be susceptible to roof crush due to weak roof construction. For more information on the types of ATV defects that can cause serious injury or death, visit our defective products page.
Similar to ATVs, but classified a little differently, recreational off-road vehicles, or ROVs, may also pose a hazard to consumers. They present some of the same problems as ATVs with rollovers and instability on certain terrain. Additionally, Ranger and RZR recreational off-road vehicles (ROVs) made by Polaris Industries have been blamed for multiple fires, burn injuries, and deaths. The manufacturer’s numerous safety recalls have failed to fix the root of the problem, which is being blamed on a fundamentally defective design. Some of the Ranger and ROV recalls were prompted by fires that broke out while people were driving the ROVs, resulting in deadly accidents and multiple burn injuries. A national class action lawsuit seeks to hold Polaris responsible.
The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are road hazards, drunk driving and the inability to be seen by other surrounding vehicles. These type accidents regularly result in life-altering injuries because drivers do not have any barrier between them and the road. As in most cases, it is important to look at product defects, including defective helmets that do not properly protect drivers, when evaluating a serious injury or death caused by a motorcycle accident.
Beasley Allen has handled a number of cases involving serious injury and death involving bicycle accidents. The most common causes of bicycle accidents are collisions with motor vehicles, the bicycle operators being too young and/or inexperienced and environmental/road hazards.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year from bicycle-related injuries. More than 700 of these incidents result in death. Children especially are at high risk for bicycle-related injuries.