Do you own an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in New Jersey? If you do, you should be aware that the unsafe operation of these vehicles could lead to injuries and death.
First, if you own an ATV, you should know that if you let someone else ride the vehicle, and she or he is injured or killed, you could be held liable. You have a duty to make sure that anyone operating your ATV is trained and has the skills necessary to navigate it.
Our Atlantic City vehicle accident attorneys often read stories about ATV riders who are underage, who are operating vehicles that are too large or powerful for them. Make sure that you avoid letting someone who is not experienced ride your ATV. In New Jersey, all ATVs riders must be at least 14 years old.
Additionally, all ATVs must be registered with the state and should be insured. ATV riders under the age of 18 must have a safety certificate and completed courses. In addition to these items, the ATV Safety Institute recommends the following riding safety tips:
- Wear a helmet, goggles, gloves, long sleeves, long pants and over-the-ankle boots.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV or more than one passenger on an ATV designed for two.
- Never ride on paved roads; ATVs are designed for off-highway use.
- Ride only on designated trails and at safe speeds.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Vineland Teen Dies in an ATV Accident
We bring up this subject because recently a 14-year-old Vineland girl died in an ATV accident.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the girl was operating an ATV that crashed head-on with another one. The girl was reportedly operating the vehicle on a dirt path in Burlington County, when it collided directly with one driven by a 27-year-old man.
The teen was taken to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. The crash occurred near Lake Oswego, in the area of Allen and Lake Oswego roads.
Having an ATV Accident Investigated by Our Atlantic City Injury Attorney
If you are ever injured or your loved one is killed in an ATV accident, you should speak to our Atlantic City injury lawyers.
You may have legal rights following an ATV accident, including the ability to hold the owner of the vehicle liable. Speak to our attorneys about having your accident investigated.
If it can be proven that someone allowed you to operate an ATV that was dangerous, you may be entitled to damages. Continue to browse our blog or visit us on Facebook for continued New Jersey vehicle accident news.
Targan & Pender, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys