ATV Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
ATVs can be incredibly fun for riding around the many dunes around Phoenix and exploring the great outdoors. However, alongside knowing how to safely operate an ATV, riders should also be aware of how to keep them well-maintained. These vehicles are dangerous when in disrepair, which is why riders should know how to spot a defective part and when to take them in for repairs.
When you have a motorcycle or a car, you may understand that to safely and legally operate your vehicle, you must have a license. But when it comes to an ATV or other off-road vehicle, those are only for recreation, right? Wrong. Arizona law requires training and licensing for off-road vehicles and their operators the same as for other types of motor vehicles. According to ARS 28-1178, there are few circumstances in which you may operate an off-road vehicle without an user indicia. These include:
- You are participating in a special, one-time event
- You are on private land the entire time the off-road vehicle is in operation
- You are unloading or loading the vehicle only
- If there is an emergency and it is allowed by law enforcement
If none of these situations apply to you, then you must have proper licensing, even if you’re just doing donuts in the desert.
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