Dirt bikes, “all-terrain vehicles” (ATVs), and other such vehicles are a staple of some off-road sports, but New York generally prohibits their use on public roads, where they could pose danger to pedestrians and others. An ATV, according to the law, is defined as “any self-propelled vehicle which is manufactured for sale for operation primarily on off-highway trails or off-highway competitions and only incidentally operated on public highways providing that such vehicle does not exceed seventy inches in width, or one thousand pounds dry weight.”
If you were injured by the rider of a dirt bike or ATV, you may be entitled to compensation – particularly when the vehicle was not being lawfully operated.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, ATV operators cannot operate ATVs on a public highway “unless the highway has been designated and posted for ATV use.” Monroe County recently enacted a law to help stop the use of illegal dirt bikes and ATVs on the road. The Monroe County law, enacted in June 2021, allows police officers to impound dirt bikes and ATVs being unlawfully used on public roads. The fine for first-time offenders is $500 and for subsequent offenses the fine is $2000.
Off-road vehicle riders and those around them are at risk of sustaining serious injuries, including a:
At William Mattar, P.C., our car accident injury lawyers are experienced in handling dirt bikes and ATV accidents, too. New York law provides that negligence in the use of operation of an ATV shall be attributable to the owner, so both the rider and owner may be held liable. We can help you secure maximum compensation against the potentially liable parties. You can contact us 24/7 online or call us at (844) 444-4444, for a free consultation.