ATVs in Traffic
The legality of all-terrain vehicles on public roads changes between states, with some offering limited permission and others disallowing the vehicles altogether. In Wisconsin, the general rule is that ATVs cannot use public roadways or linger around the sides of public roads. However, there are some exceptions to this basic ban on four-wheelers on the street.
For more information regarding your rights and options if a reckless ATV rider has caused you injury, contact the Racine auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.
When ATVs are Allowed
Although the law disallows the use of ATVs on public roads and strips of land directly next to these streets, it does not completely ban public use of all-terrain vehicles. There are some times when these vehicles can be driven in a public area. These special allowances include:
- If a route has been designated as ATV-legal
- If a route is not regularly maintained for automobile use in winter months
- If a route is used for agricultural purposes
- If a bridge or culvert is considered part of an ATV route
In instances when a four-wheeler crosses the road, the law places additional restrictions to help prevent accidents involving full-sized automobiles and these vehicles. In terms of right-of-way, an all-terrain vehicle must yield to pedestrians and automobiles alike. The ATV must make a complete stop before entering the road, yielding to anyone else present. When crossing, the law states that the vehicle should cross as directly as possible.
If you have been injured because of a negligent four-wheeler operator, there may be legal options available for you. To discuss the details of your claim, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.