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ATVs on Public Roads

All-terrain vehicles and other personal transports of a similar classification are subject to varying degrees of restrictions throughout the country. In the state of Wisconsin, ATVs are in most cases prohibited from using public roadways or lingering near the edges of such roads, in an effort to curtail the number of accidents involving ATVs and larger conventional automobiles.

In some cases, ATVs are permitted to use public roads, but it is far more likely that any ATV you encounter on the road is there illegally. If you have been injured in an accident involving a reckless ATV driver, you are likely entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Where ATVs are Permitted

In certain situations the use of all-terrain vehicles is permitted on public roads, such as the following:

  • Any route specifically designated as ATV legal.
  • A bridge or culvert that is part of an ATV route.
  • The road is not maintained during the winter months for the use of conventional motor vehicles.
  • The route is primarily used for agriculture.

Road crossings are permitted in ATVs, but with the following restrictions:

  • ATVs must yield to both pedestrians and automobiles
  • ATVs must come to a complete stop before entering the road.
  • ATVs must cross as directly as possible.

Failing to abide by any of these restrictions creates a hazard which may result in an accident and serious injury.

Contact Us

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent ATV operator, the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can help you to seek full compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. Contact us at 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your legal options.

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