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Can ATVs Be Used on Public Roads?

All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are popularly used for outdoor recreation or to drive over rough terrain. Wisconsin state laws prohibit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on public streets. There are also no provisions within the law that establish a guideline for modifications that might render an ATV acceptable for road use. However, there are some important exemptions to this ban on ATV operation.

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Exceptions to ATV Street Restrictions

ATVs cannot drive on public streets and should not use connected space such as ditches or shoulders either. In addition to bans on ATV use on public roads, the state also does not permit common street use of dirt bikes and similar off-road vehicles. However, in the case of ATVs, the state does allow for some sharing of the road. ATV operators are allowed on the road in the following situations:

  • When a road is not maintained for adverse conditions or seasonal obstructions
  • When crossing a bridge on a route designated for use by ATV
  • With permission, on private property
  • For agricultural use

If being used on a public road, an ATV rider should recognize they must always yield the right of way.

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If you have been hurt in an accident involving an ATV and it appears that another party may have been at fault, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. To discuss your options with a legal advisor, contact the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at (414) 271-0900.