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Rules for Operating Your Off-Road Vehicle in Arizona

By Breyer Law Offices on May 1, 2013

Arizona Off Road Vehicle SafetyWhen 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.

How to Stay Safe from Arizona Off-Road Accidents

As an off-roader it’s up to you to keep yourself safe from an Arizona off-road accident. Some of the best ways you can keep yourself, your passengers and other people around you safe from harm include:

  • Only ride an ATV if you have received proper training from an accredited and certified program
  • Never ride above your skill level
  • Don’t enter areas you are unfamiliar with
  • Never ride your ATV on roadways or other areas not approved for ATVs
  • Wear proper safety gear, like goggles and a helmet, every time you ride, and make sure your passengers do as well
  • Only allow passengers on ATVs that are made for two people

What to Do if You’re Involved in an Arizona Off-Road Accident

If you’re injured in an Arizona off-road accident due to the reckless actions of another ATV rider or a motorist you should reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney. The Husband and Wife Law Team will do everything within our power to help you get compensation to cover the expenses for medical care, your personal suffering and more. For assistance understanding and asserting your rights, call for a free consultation with attorneys Alexis and Mark Breyer at the Breyer Law Offices.


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