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Bad Boy Buggy Litigation

July 13, 2016

The Bad Boy Buggy was introduced in 2003 as an alternative to the noisy fume emitting ATVs that were commonly used for hunting and utility work by landowners and sportsman. Hunters were eager to try out the new vehicles in the mountain and sneak up on their game using the stealthy electric UTV. Customers were attracted by the powerful electric motors, 4-wheel drive, and locking differential features that could not be found in any other battery powered vehicle. The concept appealed to landowners and farmers because they could be used for transporting staff or materials quietly without disturbing guests in addition to offering a smooth ride. As their popularity grew it was quickly discovered that they did not hold up to the rough terrain or the advertising claims. The older designs were very problematic with a high center of gravity causing rollovers and horrible leg injuries. The vehicles did not include a guard or door that prevented the occupant’s legs or arms from coming out of the vehicle in the event of a crash. It was found that people instinctively extended their legs and arms as the buggy tipped over causing a limb to be crushed or in some cases pulled back and under the sliding vehicle. Since these crashes, the company has attempted to improve their design. They have added shoulder bars and a small foot guard aimed at preventing these types of injuries. Unfortunately, injuries continue to occur because the guards do not adequately prevent a person’s leg or arm from being extended out of the vehicle. The design defects are similar to those that were found in the Yamaha Rhino. Yamaha issued a recall on all of the vehicles and installed doors free of charge to the customer. Unfortunately, Bad Boy Buggies has elected to only add a small shoulder bar and a single piece of pipe to prevent leg-out injuries. If you have been injured in a rollover or “leg-out” wreck, then you might be able to seek a recovery based on the manufacturers negligence. The Lawyers at Hodges Trial lawyers has experience fighting for injured people and would be happy to discuss your case with you. Call today and find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve!

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