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All terrain vehicles are a common form of transportation here in West Virginia, both for work and play. As readers know, though, ATVs accidents can and do happen and these can lead to serious injuries or even death. The laws governing ATV use are fairly liberal compared to the laws governing motor vehicle use, but it is obviously still important for those using ATVs to exercise reasonable care, both for their own sake and for the sake of others.

Statewide, there are no restrictions as to who can operate an ATV in the woods. No license is required, nor is there a helmet requirement. Only those who have a license and who are 18 years and older may have passengers, though. ATV users may travel on non-highway blacktop for several miles in order to reach another trail. There are restrictions on the size of ATVs that may be used for different age groups.

Those who are harmed as a result of an ATV accident through the fault of another have the right to be compensated for injuries and other losses. When an ATV accident is the result of negligence, it is important for the victim to be able to demonstrate that negligence, whether it is caused by failure to follow legal restrictions, improper operation of the vehicle, or failure to follow the ATV manufacturer’s recommendations regarding passengers or loads. Accidents can also be caused by alcohol and/or drugs. Then, of course, there is reckless driving.

Regardless of the cause, victims of ATV accident victims can benefit from the assistance of an experienced attorney to ensure they build a strong case and that they have the best opportunity to maximize their damages.

Source:, “Working For You: ATV Laws in West Virginia,” Cortney Vannatter, Apr. 6, 2015. 

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