ATV Death Case Goes to Trial

ATV Death Case Goes to Trial  A jury is set to hear a personal injury lawsuit filed by two Ohio parents against an ATV manufacturer, owner and seller, who seek $20 million in compensatory and punitive damages for the death of their daughter.

John and Tammie Sand say that in 2007, their daughter Ellie was a passenger on a Yamaha Rhino 660 when it flipped over on a harvested cornfield, pinning the girl under it and killing her, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Sands claim that their daughter wasn't the first to be killed due to the "inherently unstable" nature of the Rhino – their personal injury lawsuit contends that more than 60 people have been killed and another 1,000 injured since the vehicle's introduction in 2003.

Yamaha reportedly denies these claims, alleging that the Rhino is safe and that any problems with it could be attributed to "misuse or abuse" of the ATV and failure to heed affixed warnings, the news provider reports.

The Yamaha Motor Corporation was started in 1955 and is currently the world's second-largest manufacturer of motorcycles, according to the company website.