ATV Tire Failure
The popularity of is seemingly on the rise, and many individuals use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for recreation, business and farming purposes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) cites a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimate that in 2010 there were 10.6 million ATVs in use in the United States compared to 5.6 million in 2001.
While riding ATVs can be enjoyable and many people use the vehicles as helpful tools, there are many safety risks involved as well. The IIHS also reports that between 2007 and 2011, there were about 1,700 fatal accidents in the United States. Various factors can contribute to ATV accidents like operator error, another party’s negligence, and even equipment failure. ATV tire failure can also cause accidents.
How can ATV tire failure factor cause an accident?
As with automobiles, ATVs rely on properly mounted and functioning tires to transport riders safely from one destination to another. An ATV tire failure, therefore, can cause significant accidents and injuries.
ATVs are designed to be driven off-road and require tires capable of traversing rougher terrain. When a tire fails in an off-road situation it can cause the ATV to roll over or lose control, which can lead to serious injuries.
Proper tire pressure is also important to keep the ATV rider safe. ATVs typically require a lower tire pressure than their road-bound counterparts. Inadequate tire pressure can therefore cause accidents or make it more difficult to control the vehicle.
Proper tire mounting is also essential to ATV safety. An improperly mounted tire and rim assembly can result in a tire blow out and ultimately an accident. A qualified mechanic should always install tires to ensure they are mounted safely to avoid such problems.
Further, many of the other problems that may lead to a tire failure in passenger vehicles can also cause tire failure in an ATV. Poor tire design, manufacturing, and materials could lead to a defect. Tread separation, tire shredding, sidewall zipper failures, and other problems may be present in an ATV tire as well.
Your Legal Options if Injured Because of ATV Tire Failure
If you’ve been in an accident because of ATV tire failure, there are several factors to consider.
You may be entitled to recover compensation for damages if one of the following is true.
- a mechanical failure occurred.
- a part was improperly installed.
- or there was a tire defect.
Determining who might be at fault for your accident, including property damage and any injuries you’ve sustained, is a key element to filing a claim and beginning the process of recovering damages.
Consider the possible parties who may have contributed to your accident, including any mechanics who worked on your ATV, the tire manufacturer, or dealership where you purchased the vehicle.
Contact an attorney who specializes in tire failure accidents for a case review. A lawyer will help you gather any required evidence or documentation to build your case and will take care of all details associated with filing a claim or a lawsuit.
Call Chalik and Chalik for Help with an ATV Tire Failure Case
If you need help after an ATV tire failure-related accident, Chalik and Chalik can provide legal representation and assistance. Chalik and Chalik handle defective tire accident cases for victims throughout the state of Florida and will walk you through all steps of the claim process. Call us today at 855-529-0269 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.