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According to medical records and data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 700 ATV-related deaths occur each year.

The majority of ROV accidents are considered preventable if the vehicles are handled properly and equipped with basic safety features including roll bars and safety mesh. ATV and ROV accidents have been linked to over 300 deaths in just Ohio in the last 10 years.

Consumers should stop using any recalled Polaris ROV model and if a passenger has sustained an injury, should contact a medical professional and an experienced attorney for potential legal action and rightful compensation.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Catastrophic Injury Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney with experience litigating serious ATV and ROV accidents.

Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of product liability, wrongful death and injury claims. 


Polaris Ranger ROV Recalls


Attorneys and plaintiffs claim Polaris has neglected alleged ATV fire hazards in its ATVs and ROVs. Lawsuits say that Polaris’ Prostar engine, fuel lines and exhaust system are prone to generating excessive heat that can lead to fires and injury. Polaris has allegedly been aware of these issues for years but has failed to eliminate the safety hazards.

Since 2016, Polaris has recalled more than 550,000 vehicles due to fire hazards and other safety hazards. Attorneys and experts say the company knew about the source of these problems for years before taking action, which has prompted a series of class action lawsuits.

Recently, defective heat shields have been reportedly responsible for 150 fires, 11 burns, one death and a 10-acre wildfire. In 2013, Polaris learned of defective heat shields on their RZR Polaris ROVs.

Although Polaris was potentially aware of the bad parts and potential for rider injury, the issue wasn’t addressed until a 15-year-old rider was killed when the ATV caught fire in 2015. Around 10 more injured riders and five additional fires were reported over the next year.

In September 2016 Polaris notified the Consumer Products Safety Commission of the defect and issued a recall of 100,000 RZR and Ranger vehicles.

As a result of the dangers ATVs and ROVs present to the consumer, the CPSC has called them “hazards” and has questioned manufacturers regarding numerous safety risks. The CPSC has recalled several ATVs and ROVs, including Polaris Ranger and Polaris RZR models due to the following:

  • Defective Throttles
  • Fire Hazards—defective fuel tanks
  • Roll bar Defects
  • Suspension Defects
  • Safety Mesh Defects
  • Battery Defects
  • Transmission Defects
  • Violations of Safety Standards
  • Brake failure

Polaris Ranger ATV Accidents


Polaris Ranger accidents commonly include injuries following rollovers. ROV frontal rollovers, side rollovers, and rear rollovers can all result in the driver being thrown from the vehicle and suffering severe injury. The most common causes of ATV and Polaris Ranger accidents and injuries include:

  • Defective design
  • Roll bar defects
  • Removal of safety features
  • Defective safety mesh
  • Removal of safety mesh
  • Tire Blowouts
  • Lack of driver training
  • Poorly maintained riding trails
  • Inadequate manufacturer warnings
  • Brake failure
  • Fire risks

Defective Polaris Ranger


Children are particularly vulnerable to ROV injuries and deaths and riders under 18 years of age suffer about a third of recorded ATV and ROV injuries. In 2015, there were over 97,000 ATV-related emergency department visits in the United States. Many of these injuries were severe and life-threatening, including:

Polaris RZR Fire Risks


Fires related to Polaris RZR vehicles are not as uncommon as one might think. Recreational riders have suffered serious burn injury, and succumbed to fatalities following ATV accidents that have led to the ROV catching fire or rolling over and crushing passengers.

Without adequate airflow in the current design, the exhaust of the Polaris RZR creates a hot spot behind passengers that can burn debris and leaking fuel. Polaris Industries has a poor safety record, and from 2013 to 2018, the company issued RZR recalls 10 times for fire hazards. More than 180 RZR fires have been reported and dozens have been injured.

ATV recalls are usually only issued after severe accidents and injuries are reported. Attorneys claim the company knew about safety risks and decided to conceal its knowledge of defective products. At one point, 160,000 RZRs from 2013 to 2016 were recalled, including 133,000 in the United States. Reports of melting and smoking side panels on RZR models have not stopped the company from selling the vehicle.

Due to Polaris failing to immediately reported a potential defect, the company was fined $27.25 million by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other Polaris burn injury lawsuits are pending.

Polaris has settled some injury claims out of court to hush the news reports, though consumer protection lawyers aim to better protect the public with widespread recalls and compensation for injured riders.

In December 2019, warned consumers that some 2019-2020 Ranger XP 1000 models were equipped with incorrectly routed fuel lines, potentially leading to ATV fire risks.


ATV Burn Injury


ATV and ROV Accidents are so common that many consumers consider them normal occurrences. But many ATV injuries happen through no fault of the owner. Defective and recalled ATV models can pose serious safety risks. The Polaris RZR is one such vehicle, with a dismal safety record.

Product Liability lawyers across the nation have filed burn injury claims and design defect lawsuits on behalf of ATV owners who suffer preventable accidents and injuries. Off-road vehicles can be a lot of fun, until they malfunction or when safety mechanisms fail.

Serious fire hazards linked to the Polaris RZR have prompted injured ATV riders to file suit against the company, which has been forced to recall several models of ROVs and ATVs over the last ten years. But the safety issues still persist, and Polaris may be responsible for hundreds of ATV injuries each year.


ATV Recall Lawsuits


The safety issues for Polaris ATV and ROV vehicles continue. Another 100,000 vehicles in December 2017 were recalled for defective heat shields surrounding the exhaust, creating fire hazards.

Polaris was fined $27 million for failing to notify the CPSC in a timely manner of the heat shield issue. The penalty settles charges that Polaris failed to immediately report to CPSC that models of RZR and Ranger recreational off-road vehicles contained defects that could create a substantial product safety hazard. The Polaris ATV recalls have cost Polaris $340 million in warranty costs over the last two years.

Polaris and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement declaring that certain Polaris models (RZR 900 and 1000) prone to combust, and some ATVs that had been recalled and repaired had later ignited, resulting in the total loss of the vehicle.

Design flaws have shown up in several Polaris models and the company has issued dozens of Polaris ATV recalls. Polaris has termed these burn hazards “thermal hazards,” a soft euphemism for the tendency of RZRs, Rangers, Turbos, Generals, Slingshots, and snowmobiles to catch fire. Polaris RZR 900 and RZR 1000 models are still at risk of catching fire and injuring Ohio consumers.


ATV Lawsuits: Polaris Ranger Accidents


Polaris Industries has been hit with multiple product liability lawsuits due to defective ATV and ROV models that present serious safety risks to consumers. There have been over a hundred ATV recalls in the last ten years, and consumers continue to report serious ATV injury and ATV fires.

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) and Polaris ROV accidents cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year. Due to the inherent instability of certain ATV and ROV models, rollover crashes are all too common for consumers, and the safety features on ROVs and ATVs like roll bars and safety mesh fail to protect riders, and severe injuries including amputations are a real risk.

If you have had a serious accident with an ROV or ATV, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney. It is critical that evidence (including photographs of the accident scene, physical evidence and witness testimony) is preserved for a full investigation involving design engineers and accident reconstruction experts to determine the root cause.

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Why are these cases important?

In the immediate aftermath of serious car accidents, victims are often injured and wondering about the cause of the crash, how they will pay for damages and medical costs, and how to recover compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering. After all injuries are treated by medical professionals, it is critical to start building a personal injury case with an experienced Ohio car accident lawyer.

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Questions about Truck Accident Cases

What is a motor vehicle accident lawsuit?

Regardless of the cause of car accidents, victims deserve representation in order to help recover losses, and to identify the liable parties involved. Ohio car accidents may be the result of defective auto components, negligent motorists, poor road conditions or poor road design, among other risk factors. 

 

A motor vehicle accident suit holds parties responsible for the injuries and damage caused, as well as alerting companies or insitutions of any necessary risks that may have caused the accident. 

What is the process and why should I pursue it?

The process involves preserving evidence of the collision, getting witness testimony, and hiring accident experts to determine who was responsible for the auto accident. 

Since most auto insurance policies are not capable of compensating someone injured in a catastrophic accident, it is advisable to contact and hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to properly investigate the case.

What are the common causes of motor vehicle accidents?

There are numerous causes of auto accidents on Ohio’s roadways, including driver negligence, driver fatigue, distracted drivers, driving and texting, poor road conditions, and unsafe highway design. Regardless of the primary cause of a car accident, it is important to investigate with experienced accident reconstruction experts and contact a Cincinnati Auto Accident Attorney to weigh your legal options.

One safety study concluded that negligent highway design and conditions are a factor in more than half the fatal crashes in the United States.  Some common design flaws may include:

  • Sharp Turns
  • Poor Road Maintenance
  • Blind Spots
  • Poorly lit roadways
  • Poor Signage
  • Unsafe on and off ramps
  • Excessive speed limit
  • Narrow shoulder or no shoulder
What are common types of MVAs?
Distracted Driving

Times have changed in recent years with so many drivers looking at their phones. Texting and driving is a huge issue, and even as it’s illegal, the problem persists. The number one cause of car accidents involve distracted motorists that divert their attention from the road. Drivers may talking on a phone, sending a text message, adjusting the radio or eating food. Any distraction for a few seconds can be the difference between a safe trip and an accident.

Driver Error

Whether a simple mind lapse that results in a driving mistake, or ignoring a traffic law, driver error is a leading cause of road accidents. Common driver errors are failing to signal a turn, drifting into a different lane, cutting off drivers, ignoring road signs, following too close, speeding, and failing to stop at signals.

Speeding and Reckless Driving

Excessive speeding increases the risk of a traffic accident dramatically. As driver increase the rate of travel they significantly decrease their ability to adjust to traffic and other objects in the road. The faster a driver travels, the less stopping distance they will have.

Reckless driving includes unsafe lane changes, improper turns, tailgating, and racing.

Drunk Driving Accidents

Drivers under the influence of alcohol cause many car accidents every day. Almost a third (30 percent) of fatal car accidents in the U.S. are alcohol-related. Also, drug-related accidents are common. Even as states crack down on drunk driving, the number of drivers who drink and drive still present a problem. Victims of drunk driving accidents are likely to settle valuable cases.

Ignoring Traffic Signals

Negligent drivers run red lights and stop signs, and thereby risk causing accidents. Running red lights often causes high-speed side-impact collisions, which are particularly dangerous. Drivers in a hurry are some of the most dangerous motorists on the road.

Teen Driving Accidents

Young drivers and teenagers lack road experience and pose a serious risk. Teen drivers cause many car accidents, and drivers aged 16-20 kill nearly 8,000 people each year. Driver training and support is integral to creating a safer atmosphere on Ohio roads.

Ohio Driver Fatigue Accidents

It’s not only truck drivers that drive while extremely tired. There are a lot of drivers on the road that have sleep disorders, or have a changing work schedule that inhibits their driving ability. Many drivers on the road in Ohio are often too tired to properly operate their vehicle. They make poor driving decisions and create dangerous situations.

Road Rage Accidents

Road rage and aggressive driving can easily lead to an accident. If you observe a driver visibly upset, you are encouraged to keep a distance. If you tend to get angry with other motorists, remember that nothing good can come of driving more aggressively or speeding up to catch another driver in traffic.

Dangerous Ohio Roads

City authorities have a duty to clear roads of debris and snow and other materials. If an auto accident occurs due to city officials failing to create safe roads, a municipality can be held liable. Roads may also be unsafe due to poor road design and traffic signal placement. Contact The Lyon Firm if you suspect an Ohio road of being particularly dangerous. You may save the life of another Ohio motorist.

Unsafe Road Work

Work zones are very dangerous for both workers and drivers. Many work zones are poorly marked, poorly manned, and uneven pavement can easily cause an accident. Many road construction contractors fail to provide a safe driving environment, and any road work accident can be investigated following a collision.

Failure to Yield

Many roads are only as safe the drivers and traffic flow. When drivers fail to yield to cars or trucks, a collision can occur, leading to serious injury. All drivers must pay attention to all signage and yield to traffic, particularly on highway ramps.

Ohio Uber Accidents

Rideshare companies have produced a great deal of drivers who may be in a hurry to pick up fares, and can be overworked as well. Uber accidents and Lyft accidents are more and more common. Victims of rideshare and taxi accidents may have good accident claims against negligent drivers.

Ohio Pedestrian Accidents

With more distracted drivers come more pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians have a right to cross the street, and yet this has become a hazardous exercise. Crosswalk accidents and School Zone accidents can be severely dangerous and deadly.

Ohio Cycling Accidents

Ohio Cyclists have a right to share all roads except for freeways, but many drivers do not respect bicycles on the road. Cycling accidents should be investigated, as many motorists are guilty of aggressive driving around bicycles.

Your Right to Safety

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In 2016, 1,132 motorists were killed in vehicle accidents in Ohio alone. Regardless of the cause of car accidents, victims deserve representation in order to help recover losses, and to identify the liable parties involved. Ohio car accidents may be the result of defective auto components, negligent motorists, poor road conditions or poor road design, among other risk factors.

Injured motorists and passengers in Ohio may be able to file a claim against negligent motorists and trucking companies and can seek compensation for incurred medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

DISTRACTED DRIVER

WRONGFUL DEATH

$1,000,000

(Brown County, Kentucky):  Joseph Lyon was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

$495,000

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  Joe Lyon was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. The case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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