Recreational Vehicle Safety: Preventing ATV Accidents in Wisconsin
Driving All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be a fun way for thrill seekers to experience off-roading throughout Wisconsin. ATVs are recreational vehicles and are designed for off-road use. The American National Standards Institute defines an ATV as a vehicle that operates on low-pressure tires with a seat that the driver straddles. The vehicle is equipped with handlebars for steering. Like the name suggests, ATVs are intended for a wide range of terrains that a standard vehicle may not be able to handle.
Although riding an ATV can be an exhilarating experience, like most adrenaline pumping activities, it can also be dangerous. In fact, according to Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, there were eight fatalities due to ATV accidents in the year 2013. Out of the eight fatalities, alcohol played a role in two of the accidents. Thus, it is important that Wisconsin residents adhere to certain safety standards when operating ATVs to minimize the likelihood of recreational vehicle accidents.
Wisconsin Man Suffers Injuries Due to ATV Accident
It was recently reported that a man sustained severe head trauma after crashing his ATV in Florence County, Wisconsin. The accident occurred on a trail when the victim overturned the ATV after he was unable to make a turn during a curve. The man was thrown from the ATV and was eventually found by other members of his group. He was then transported to a hospital in Florence and treated for his injuries. The Sheriff's Office speculates high speed as a factor in the accident.
Wisconsin Laws Regarding ATV Use
Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has imposed several rules and regulations regarding ATV use to help prevent injuries and keep ATV drivers safe. Several of Wisconsin's most significant laws related to ATV use include:
Registration: All ATVs operated in Wisconsin must be registered and the registration decal must be displayed on the ATV. ATV operators should also carry a validated registration receipt or a validated renewal registration receipt with them while operating the vehicle;
Age: A person operating an ATV must be 12 years or older and must possess a safety certificate when operating the ATV in areas that are open to the public. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult when operating an ATV on designated ATV road routes;
Helmets: Any ATV operator under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet; and
Alcohol/Drugs: It is illegal for anyone to operate an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Contact a Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorney in Wisconsin
Operating an ATV can be dangerous. ATVs weigh almost 2,000 pounds and are capable of reaching very high speeds. If you or a loved one has been in an ATV accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact one of our experienced Appleton recreational vehicle accident attorneys or Green Bay recreational vehicle accident attorneys at Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. for a free consultation today. We have offices in Appleton, Oshkosh, New London, and Green Bay and can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.