ATV laws, implemented on the federal, state and local levels, are designed to protect riders and the general public. Furthermore, some laws regulate the ATV manufacturers to ensure ATV safety and equipment integrity. Another sub-set of ATV laws is a complex group of laws covering ATV accident liability and the legal rights of those who have been injured in such accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an ATV accident, it is important to contact a qualified attorney with an intimate knowledge of all these types of ATV laws. Our qualified ATV attorneys at Aitken Aitken Cohn are experienced in representing those injured in ATV accidents and understand how to apply these laws to your case in order to help you recover compensation for your losses and suffering. Please contact us to speak with our attorneys about your case.
The following are some basic ATV laws made by the state of California, which govern ATV use.
California ATV Laws
Every state creates their own set of laws governing the use of ATVs. In California, the Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for regulating ATVs. The following are some ATV laws that govern use of these vehicles in our state:
- All ATV operators are required to hear a helmet while riding on public land (law not enforced on private land or off-road)
- All ATVs must be titled and registered and the owner must display the numbered plate on the ATV.
- All registration must be renewed annually
- To operate an ATV on public land, all persons under 18 must have a safety certificate or be with an adult who has a safety certificate.
- To operate an ATV on public land, all persons under 14 must have a safety certificate AND be under the direct supervision of an adult who has a safety certificate.
- ATV riders are not allowed to carry passengers on any public lands, unless the ATV is designed for a passenger, in which case one passenger is permitted.
- ATVs cannot be used on highways, except to cross them.
Because of the serious risks associated with ATV use, many advocacy groups, such as the Concerned Families for ATV Safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and other groups have been pushing for ATV laws that would prohibit children under the age of 16 from using ATVs.
Likewise, a recent study suggests that current ATV laws and industry standards have a low probability of decreasing ATV-related deaths among children and that states should restrict the use of ATVs by children under age 16.
In terms of industry regulation, it is also noteworthy that in 1998, the ATV industry assumed self-regulatory responsibilities, which relies on fine print in ads, warning labels, and some training programs. It is important to note the lack of federal oversight on this industry.
ATV laws on liability for accidents, provide that some injured individuals and their families may be able to seek compensation for their losses and suffering from the makers of ATVs. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please contact us today to speak with a qualified ATV accident attorney.