Our ATV, UTV and side-by-side accident lawyers handle cases throughout Missouri as well as other states. We have successful recoveries in ATV death accidents as well as severe personal injury ATV accident cases.
Missouri is blessed with many state parks to ride off road vehicles in. St. Joe State Park and Finger Lakes State Park are two of the most popular places for people to ride their dirt bikes, four-wheelers and other off-road vehicles. Unfortunately, the are also places where very bad off-road accidents happen. St. Joe State park has winding trails through wooded terrain with ATV riders racing in every direction. When people ride too fast and do not have the proper warning and protective gear, people get hurt.
The Bradley Law Firm has experience making homeowners insurance claims against negligent ATV / UTV operators. In addition, we have sued the State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources for dangerous condition of its property when we determine it caused or contributed to cause an accident. However, these claims must be carefully considered in connection with the Missouri Recreational Use Act and sovereign immunity issues, both of which can bar claims.
If you are involved in an off-road accident on private property, homeowners insurance for both the operator of the vehicle, the owner and the landowner may provide coverage. Our ATV accident lawyers will obtain all policies and determine which provide coverage and make claims under each that do.
Each case is different, but the analysis as to who is liable for an ATV crash always starts with the operator’s actions. From there, we determine if the owner negligently entrusted the vehicle to that operator. If the condition of the property contributed in causing the incident, the landowner could be held liable as well. Last, the manufacturer of the off-road vehicle could be at fault if a defect contributed in causing the incident.
A UTV is defined as a Utility Task Vehicle or a Utility Terrain Vehicle. They are informally referred to as a side-by-side. A side-by-side is also referred to as a SxS or sometimes a SSV. They can aslo be referred to as a ROV (recreational off-highway vehicle). These are by definition meant to transport property and up to 6 passengers. They are usually larger and have a longer wheelbase than an ATV. UTVs are usually four-wheel drive.
An ATV (all-terrain vehicle) has two different classifications from the manufacturer. A Type I ATV is inteded for a single operator and no passengers. A Type II ATV is designed to have an operator and a passenger with appropriate seating for both.
Off-Highway vehicles (OHV) is a generalized term that includes ATVs, ROVs, and UTVs. They can also be referred to as MOHUV (multipurpose off-highway utility vehicles).
The differentiation between these various terms is very important because insurance companies define these vehicles within their policies to exclude coverage for serious injuries and death claims. Your ATV lawyer will need to review each policy and determine whether the vehicle is excluded from coverage.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a number of recalls for these off-road vehicles due to the rising number of side by side atv accidents. From 2010 to 2019, there were 92 recalls encompassing 19 different brands. The most recalled UTV was made by Polaris. In total, 28 recalls were issued for Polaris UTVs.
Here are the manufactures of recalled UTVs followed by the number of recalls each had from 2010 to 2019:
The recalls were issued for various reasons but mainly because of fuel, steering and throttle issues that exposed riders to an increased risk of fire and crashes.
Our Missouri UTV lawyers will investigate to determine if your particular ATV, UTV or side-by-side was subject to a mandatory recall. Even if your vehicle is not subject to a recall, you may still have a claim for product defect. We know how to investigate these claims and will analyze the applicable ANSI standards to determine if your vehicle complies with those standards, including ANSI OPEI b71.9-2016 and ANSI ROHVA 1-2016.
Our Missouri ATV accident attorneys handle these cases nationwide. We charge nothing to consult on your case and will conduct a full investigation of your personal injury or wrongful death claim. After we analyze all the facts, we can advise you on your options. If a lawsuit is warranted, we will pursue all responsible parties and obtain full compensation for you and your family.
Our attorneys have the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell, AV. Rest assured when you hire The Bradley Law Firm, you are getting the best representation for your ATV accident case.
We do not ask you to pay any money for us to work on your case in advance of a recovery. That means we agree to only be paid a percentage of any recovery we obtain on your behalf. Our Missouri ATV lawyers can provide you with satisfied clients who we have recovered money damages in off-road accident cases. Contact us today for your free legal consultation with the best ATV accident lawyers.
Thanks for reading about my law firm. After working on bringing you what I believe to be the most valuable ATV accident legal resources I realized that nothing on the page communicated my personal passion in riding. I grew up in a very small town, Louisiana, Missouri. It is a beautiful picturesque town of around 3000 hard working people surrounded by rolling hills and plenty of land to ride. I grew up in four wheeler paradise and rode every day. My first motorcycle was a 1987 Honda 75 cc three-wheeler. Santa delivered it on December 25, 1987. My first ride was through the snow in my parents’ back yard. I was hooked. My next four wheeler was a 1989 Honda 125 cc Fourtrax. Today, I have a Polaris Outlaw 525 and keep it at my parents home in Louisiana. I get to ride it a couple times a year and it brings back tons of great memories. The picture on the right was taken in the Las Vegas desert with a few buddies.
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