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Everything You Need to Know About Arizona’s ATV Laws

Posted on April 8, 2023 in

Arizona has no shortage of stunning scenery and wide-open spaces for residents and visitors to explore. All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, provide an exciting way to explore the Grand Canyon State’s unique vistas. However, operating and riding an ATV can be hazardous, and accident victims may suffer severe, life-altering injuries. If you were injured in an ATV accident in Arizona, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible for your injuries and other losses. 

The skilled attorneys at Jensen Phelan Law Firm are committed to working tirelessly to help ATV accident victims recover the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries and other losses. We have a proven track record of helping our clients secure favorable outcomes for their claims and achieve the justice they deserve. When we take your case, we will work quickly to investigate your case and build a solid claim on your behalf. 

What Is Classified as an ATV in Arizona?

Under Arizona law, ATVs are classified with several other vehicles as Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). The laws impacting ATVs also apply to the following vehicle types:

  • Four-wheelers
  • Three-wheelers
  • Snowmobiles
  • Remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs)
  • Motorcycles
  • Mopeds
  • Utility terrain vehicles (UTVs)
  • Side-by-side vehicles

If the vehicle is being operated on private property, an OHV can be operated by anyone of any age, regardless of whether they have a license. However, if you drive an ATV or other OHV on a public roadway, you must have a driver’s license. Additionally, all OHV drivers under the age of 18 must wear a DOT-approved helmet. 

Laws Regarding ATV Use in Arizona

Arizona has many laws regarding the safe operation of ATVs and OHVs. In addition to following all traffic laws while on public roadways, ATV drivers must abide by the following OHV laws:

  • Reckless driving and unnecessary risk-taking are prohibited
  • When operating an OHV on a public road, you must wear protective eyewear or have a windshield installed on the vehicle
  • You may not violate any of Arizona’s hunting or wildlife harassment laws while operating an OHV
  • Riding in restricted areas that may harm wildlife, cultural spaces, or public property is prohibited
  • You may not damage protected native plantlife
  • Removing or damaging any signage is prohibited

If you were injured in an ATV accident and the driver was violating one of the laws above, you may be able to hold them accountable through an ATV accident claim. Following your accident, it is essential to act quickly to pursue justice. 

In Arizona, the statute of limitations for filing an ATV accident claim is typically two years from the date of the accident (or for a child, until age 20, 2 years after the 18th birthday, most often). While this may seem like plenty of time to seek compensation, it is in your best interests to act quickly. Essential evidence may be lost or destroyed over time, and key witnesses may move away or forget critical details of what they saw. An experienced attorney can advise you on the statute of limitations and help you to promptly investigate, secure evidence and meet all legal deadlines. 

Discuss Your Case with a Talented ATV Accident Attorney at Jensen Phelan Law Firm

An ATV accident can leave victims facing severe injuries and long-term consequences. If you were injured in an ATV accident, an experienced attorney can help you pursue the monetary compensation you need to facilitate your healing and recovery. At Jensen Phelan Law Firm, our attorneys have over six and a half decades of combined experience helping ATV accident victims like you achieve secure the best possible outcomes for their cases in Arizona. 

We understand the ins and outs of Arizona personal injury law and will use our experience and skills to fight for you. To schedule a free assessment of your case and an explanation of your rights, call us today at (928) 778-2660 or complete our online contact form.