Las Vegas ATV Accident Lawyer
Were you injured riding an all-terrain vehicle?
All-terrain vehicles (ATV) are a type of recreational vehicle with three
or four wheels. These vehicles, as the name implies, can be operated on
nearly any type of surface such as dirt or grass. If you were injured
in an ATV accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for
compensation. Shook & Stone Las Vegas personal injury attorneys can
evaluate your case to determine if you are able to file a claim on the
grounds of negligence or product liability.
ATV Safety Rules in Nevada
In the state of Nevada, ATV operators must receive a certificate of operation
to drive an ATV on highways. Also, riders operating ATVs on highways must
wear a helmet and/or eye protection. If the vehicle is specifically
designated as an off-highway vehicle, and most ATVs are, drivers are not permitted to operate them on public
streets or highways. According to the state of Nevada, "Any motorized
vehicle which does not have the normal safety equipment such as lights
and mirrors or is not built to federal vehicle standards is an off-highway
vehicle and is restricted to off-highway use only."
Some states have minimum age requirements for ATV operation, but the state
of Nevada does not. As of July 2012, all off-highway vehicles (OHVs) must
be registered. This registration must be displayed in the form of a decal
on the ATV. Visit the
Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles to learn more about registering OHVs. You can also visit the
Nevada Revised Statutes § 490.090 for OHV rules of operation.
It is important for all riders to abide by the Nevada ATV rules of operation
for numerous reasons. The primary reason is to prevent avoidable accidents.
Also, if a rider is injured while operating an ATV and they were not abiding
by all of the necessary safety regulations, then they may be considered
partially or totally liable for the accident.
ATV Accidents & Recalls
While many ATV accidents are caused by negligent operators (of OHVs or
passenger vehicles), they can also be caused by defects in the manufacturing
or design of the vehicle. For this reason, ATV accidents can be an issue
of product liability. For example, Honda recently issued a recall of their
FourTrax ATVs due to a crash hazard. With this particular make and model
of ATV, a weld on the front right and left suspension arms can separate,
causing a loss of control of the vehicle. For a complete list of recent
ATV recalls and consumer information, visit ATVSafety.gov.
Contacting a Nevada Accident Attorney
Were you injured in an accident while riding an all-terrain vehicle? Contact
a Nevada accident lawyer at Shook & Stone. Our law firm is passionate
about representing victims of recreational accidents such as this. Many
people who live in or near Las Vegas as well as people traveling from
other states visit popular ATV dunes and trails such as Amargosa Dunes,
Boulder Hills and Chief Mountain Area. When outdoor recreation leads to
serious accidents, it is essential that you first seek medical attention
and then speak with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from our firm.
We can evaluate your case and determine if you are entitled to a claim.
Call today to secure a
free evaluation of your case!