UTV stands for “utility task vehicle.” A Side-by-side UTV is a vehicle that has side-by-side seating, either for 2, 4, or more passengers. UTV’s are typically used on-site by different businesses for accomplishing small tasks, such as transporting patrons on site, hauling small loads of cargo, and similar tasks. Popular examples of side-by-side UTV’s include golf carts and luggage carts at airports.
In recent years, off-road side-by-side all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) have become popular. These often feature off-road tires, roll bars, and high powered engines and are used for sporting events or recreational use. Due to their high power and high speeds, they can sometimes be more dangerous than side by side UTV’s. Operators of UTV’s and other similar vehicles may sometimes require a permit or certification to operate them. Some UTV’s may have six or more wheels.
Side by side vehicles have certain characteristics that create various risks of accidents and injuries. For instance:
As mentioned, high-speed side-by-side ATV’s can lead to serious injury due to their high speed as well as the off-road location where they are driven at.
As with other motor vehicles, various legal issues can be a factor in a UTV or side by side ATV accident. These include:
Liability for an accident can also be attributed to other factors, such as a defect with the vehicle. Side by side UTV accidents and injuries can lead to legal claims, which may involve a damages award to compensate for economic losses.
Side-by-side ATV’s and UTV’s are unique vehicles that are associated with certain risks. Injuries from a UTV or ATV can be particularly severe. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any legal advice or guidance for your claim. Your attorney can assist you with the filing process, and can also represent you in court if you need to attend a hearing or meeting.
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