ATV Accident Reconstruction

ATV Accident Reconstruction and Failure Analysis by a Former R&D Engineer

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s), also known as 4-wheelers or Quads, were introduced to the American marketplace in the mid-1980’s as an alternative to the highly unstable 3-wheeled vehicles (ATC’s) which preceded them.  Since their introduction, the popularity of ATV’s has been on a steady increase.  One of the reasons for the explosive popularity of ATV’s is that they are relatively easy to ride and can be enjoyed by a wide range of the population.  The rapid increase in popularity has led to two distinctive issues worthy of consideration when conducting an ATV accident reconstruction:

1) The continued strong demand for these off-road vehicles has resulted in an ever increasing number of consumer choices from both reputable manufacturers in the US and Japan as well as the arrival of cheap Chinese knock-offs.  With the rush to get their products to market, some manufacturers have taken shortcuts in the development process.  Unfortunately, these shortcuts may manifest themselves as hidden safety traps for the average consumer.  Whether it’s a defective design or improper manufacturing, it is often the consumer who ultimately discovers the defect, often as a result of an injury during foreseeable use of the product.

2) The second issue arising out of the rapid increase in popularity of ATV’s is that as more and more manufacturers introduce ATV’s, more of the public gains exposure to these vehicles.  Unlike an off-road motorcycle, ATV’s can be ridden in difficult terrain by most entry level operators.  The ease of use, especially for inexperienced riders, can often lead to an individual taking the ATV on terrain which they do not know how to properly negotiate, leading to an accident such as tipping over.

When undertaking an ATV accident reconstruction it is important to understand the difference between the product failing to perform during anticipated use (or even foreseeable misuse) and incidents arising from improper actions by the operator.  Veritech’s motorcycle and ATV expert has years of industry experience developing off-road products for consumer use.  This experience affords him unique insight into the analysis of product failures and product liability claims, specifically those related to ATV’s and other powersports vehicles.

Please contact our ATV expert, Mark Kittel, P.E. at 303-660-4395 to discuss your ATV accident or product case and receive a free initial consultation with honest and candid comments from our highly qualified, licensed Professional Engineer.


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