Operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility terrain vehicle (UTV) can be very dangerous—even for those who have experience using them. In some situations, someone else may be responsible for the losses you’ve sustained as a result of an ATV or UTV accident.
Nebraska ATV and UTV Laws
Nebraska law says an ATV is any type of off-highway vehicle that is 50 inches or less in width, is motorized, and has a dry weight of 1,200 pounds or less. In addition, it is a vehicle that has three or more tires and is designed for the use of a single person or is designed for one operator and a single passenger. ATVs are off-road vehicles and not registered. They are only permitted to be used on roads in very limited situations as defined by local authorities.
A UTV is defined as a vehicle that is 74 inches wide or less and no longer than 180 inches in length with a dry weight of no more than 2,000 pounds. This vehicle is designed to have four or more nonhighway tires. These vehicles are not registered for road use, and certificates of title just show ownership of their use. No on-road use is allowed except in limited local requirements.
For both vehicle styles, the operator does not need to have a state-issued license. However, Nebraska law requires drivers to have a valid liability insurance policy to use them.
There are laws about using ATVs and UTVs in many local communities thanks to a law passed in 2007 that lets cities and villages legalize their use in some conditions. For example, drivers cannot operate them during nighttime hours and cannot exceed 30 mph. They must have lights on them and a bicycle safety flag.
Dangers of ATVs and UTVs
ATVs and UTVs are dangerous because they lack any real restraints for drivers and do not have a surrounding vehicle body to provide protection. They are also used on dirt paths and courses instead of safely designed roadways.
Injuries from ATV or UTV accidents can be complex and include:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Lacerations and bruises
- Damage to the spine or back
- Facial and dental injuries
What to Do When You or Your Child Suffers an Accident
It is possible to file a claim for the losses you suffered if someone else causes your accident. For example, if you are a passenger and are thrown from the ATV, the owner may be responsible for your losses. Most often, owners will maintain liability insurance on these vehicles to cover these types of losses. However, filing a claim can be a challenge.
That is why it is so important to work closely with a personal injury attorney who can help you in an ATV or UTV accident. Our team will help gather evidence that someone else was at fault and help you to file a claim or take the responsible party to court. Like with any type of car accident, you may have a right to compensation for your losses, including:
- Medical injuries
- Surgical procedures
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost time at work
- Specialized care
You will need to prove your case. That is what our team can help you to do based on evidence at the scene, witness statements, medical reports, and much more.
Working With a Nebraska Accident Lawyer Is Essential
You don’t have to navigate this process on your own. Instead, work with our personal injury attorney to learn what your legal options are. Reach out to us for a free consultation today.