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Four-Wheelers and Public Roads

All-terrain vehicles are used by many people for both recreational purposes and to get around in otherwise rough terrain. Although well-suited for these uses, these four-wheelers do not attain high speeds and do not have a large profile, making them poorly designed for public roads. Because of these potential dangers, Wisconsin state law disallows ATVs from public roads in most scenarios.

For more information regarding your rights and options following an injury on the road, contact the Waukesha auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-242-2874.

ATV Restrictions and Exceptions

The law in Wisconsin states that, no matter the modification, ATVs cannot regularly use public roadways like automobiles and motorcycles. In addition, to eliminate further safety risks, the law disallows ATV use along ditches and shoulders of public roads. Although these laws keep all-terrain vehicles from the road, there are some exceptions. These include:

  • ATV use for agricultural purposes
  • Crossing a bridge or culvert included in a designated ATV route
  • Use on private property
  • Use on roads not seasonally maintained

In case an ATV needs to cross a road, it must come to a complete stop before proceeding across the road. All vehicles and any pedestrians are granted the right of way. The all-terrain vehicle should cross as quickly and directly as is safely possible.

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If you or someone you love has been injured because of a reckless four-wheeler operator, there may be legal action available. To discuss your options with an experienced and compassionate advisor, contact the Waukesha auto accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.

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