New Off-Road Law on the Books: More ATV Crashes in Store?
This summer, a new law was passed in Washington that may significantly increase the number of roads to which all-terrain vehicle (ATVs) riders will have access. Under this legislation, riders can use approved roads within the Green Dot system, some Wildlife and Natural Resources Department-administered land, as well as cross-country routes in the Wenatchee National Forest.
Most significantly, the new ATV law opens up rural roads to ATVs, permitting them to enjoy longer rides by connecting trails that were previously separated by byways on which only motor vehicles could travel. The law also introduces new obligations for ATV riders, requiring them to affix small metal license plates so that illegal use in meadows and other natural habitats can be more easily reported to law enforcement.
ATV crashes with other vehicles
Unfortunately, ATV accidents are not uncommon, with the vehicles’ propensity to roll over and crush riders no secret to many riders. Now that regular roads are opening up to ATVs, it’s possible that accident rates may increase as interactions with motor vehicles become more common. Lacking the protection of a standard car, ATV riders stand little chance in collisions with cars, trucks or other vehicles.
Family mourns teen son's ATV death
Not long after the new law was passed, a 15-year-old Zillah boy lost his life in a tragic ATV accident. While traveling at a high speed, the boy rear-ended a tractor and died from his injuries just a few short hours later. The ATV lay totaled after the collision, while the tractor bore little damage. If this collision is any indication, the new law may usher in a new era of ATV accidents in which riders have much more than rollovers to worry about.
ATV accidents can cause injuries and death and their effects frequently necessitate the assistance of a qualified accident attorney. If you are involved in an ATV accident, consult Mark A. Hammer & Associates to recover the compensation you are due under the law.