Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 25, 2013, 5:46pm

After the rider of a four-wheeled all terrain vehicle flew over the handlebars, he filed a lawsuit against the vehicle’s manufacturer alleging the vehicle was defective and unreasonably dangerous.

Michael Quinn and James Cheshire filed suit against Arctic Cat Inc. on Feb. 28, 2013 in Hardin County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

The accident occurred on June 6, 2012, as Quinn was riding on an Arctic Cat 650 four-wheeler, which was owned by Cheshire and manufactured by the defendant. According to the lawsuit the front differential on the four-wheeler “locked up” causing Quinn to fly over the handlebars and land on the pavement. Quinn suffered serious and permanent injuries in the incident.

The defendant is accused of negligence, gross negligence, and strict tort liability in the design and manufacture of the vehicle.

Quinn and Cheshire is seeking an award of damages for medical expenses, loss of earnings, impaired earning capacity, physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, property damage, interest, punitive damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Ryan M. Schaper of Provost Umphrey Law Firm LLP in Beaumont.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:13-cv-00171

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