All-Terrain Vehicles and Street Legality
When using an ATV, the local laws determine whether that vehicle can be used on a public road. Each state decides what limitations to put on these vehicles, with some permitting modified all-terrain vehicle use and others generally disallowing four-wheelers from their public streets. In the case of Wisconsin, ATVs are generally restricted from being used on public roads.
ATVs and Public Roads
According to Wisconsin law, ATVs cannot be operated on public roads. In addition, ATV riders may come under scrutiny if they ride in a ditch or strip of land directly next to a public street. However, the law also establishes several exceptions to this general ban. These allowances include the following situations:
- Private road use
- Use for agriculture
- When using a road not regularly maintained for rough winter conditions
- When crossing a bridge or culvert on an ATV-designated path
If the ATV needs to cross a public road while being used in any of these instances, the rider must come to a full stop before the road. The ATV must yield to any vehicles and pedestrians. Once the way is clear, the ATV must move as directly as possible, staying in the road only briefly.
If you have suffered an injury on the road because of a negligent all-terrain vehicle rider, you may be eligible to pursue legal action. To learn more about your rights and options in this situation, contact the Madison auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.