Do Rhinos rollover when operated safely?
Yes. While some rollover accidents are the result of off-road conditions, operator error, or reckless behavior, there are many documented reports of Yamaha Rhinos having rollover accidents while being operated safely, at prudent speeds, on safe terrain. A skilled attorney can examine your case and give you an informed opinion about whether your Yamaha Rhino rollover accident was caused by operator error or behavior, or because of the Yamaha Rhino design flaw.
Do I need an attorney to pursue a claim after my Yamaha Rhino rollover accident?
Theoretically, no. In American courts, everyone has the right to represent themselves. However, the law concerning personal injury, liability, and wrongful death is quite complex. In addition, in a lawsuit relating to a Yamaha Rhino rollover accident, the defense counsel is certain to be highly experienced and skilled, and it will be very difficult for an untrained person to present their case effectively and in a manner which will stand up to the scrutiny of defense counsel.
What injuries are commonly reported after a Yamaha Rhino rollover?
The most commonly reported injuries are broken bones, damaged muscles, and crushed arms or legs. These accidents occur because as the Yamaha Rhino begins to roll over, passengers and operators put out arms or legs either instinctively or in an attempt to try and stabilize the vehicle. When the vehicle continues rolling, the limb is caught beneath the roll cage and crushed beneath the 1100-pound vehicle after it comes to a stop. In at least one case, a young girl (aged 12) who was injured in this fashion later died.
What causes Yamaha Rhino rollovers?
The Rhino has a high center of gravity and a narrow wheel base. A rollover occurs when Engineering studies indicate that with the current Rhino design, a rollover can take place with even a moderate turn at speeds as low as 15 miles per hour. If the wheelbase of the Rhino were just four inches wider, the Rhino would need to be moving at 30 miles per hour for a rollover to occur under those circumstances.
How do I find the right attorney?
The key elements in finding an attorney are integrity and specialization. You always want a good and honest lawyer, and you always want a lawyer who knows the field you are suing in – in this case, personal injury or, even more sadly, wrongful death. You can search for an attorney on the Internet. There are also sites that discuss Rhino cases; you can talk to the people involved and ask them for legal references. There are also legal reference sites that provide professional ratings of attorneys; any lawyer has access to this material, and the general public can also get access to it.
Is suing the right thing to do?
Ultimately, that is a judgment you must make for yourself. If your accident or injury were caused by the negligence of a corporation, then it is reasonable and just for you to seek the compensation that is legitimately yours to claim. Frivolous litigation is rarely in the interest of either the plaintiff, the defendant, or even the plaintiff’s attorneys – such litigation slows legitimate legal business, hurts success rates and damages reputations. In your own heart, you know whether your claim is well-founded or not. In the case of the Rhino, there are some good objective criteria for judging the soundness of claims. In general, the more responsible your own behavior, the sounder your claim is. If you were on the sixth beer of the afternoon and stuck your arm out to try and catch a tree limb at 30 miles per hour…that is probably not the fault of the Yamaha Corporation, and you really should not sue them. Most cases of Yamaha Rhino accidents are a lot less clearcut than that, however, and a responsible and reputable attorney can assist you greatly in sorting out your claim and deciding whether it is wise to proceed with a lawsuit.
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