ATV and Dirt Bike Laws in New Jersey
We are only weeks away from summer in New Jersey. That means you will be seeing an increasing number of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes outside. However, operators of these vehicles should be aware of certain laws that exist, along with some general safety rules too.
Injuries that result from ATVs and dirt bikes can be extremely serious. Last year, a man in Plainfield died following a crash into a telephone pole on his dirt bike while riding without a helmet. Police arrived at the scene finding a 24-year-old man suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Stories like this happen all too often when it comes to ATVs and dirt bikes.
Know the Laws Regarding ATVs and Dirt Bikes
If you own or plan on owning/operating an ATV or dirt bike, there are a handful of legal requirements you need to be aware of:
- Vehicles must be registered at a motor vehicle agency
- ATVs and dirt bikes need to be insured
- Must be at least 14 years old to operate
- ATVs and dirt bikes may only be used off road
- Those under 18 are required to complete vehicle safety courses
- Engine capacity size restrictions for 16-year-olds operating ATVs or dirt bikes
- It is illegal to sell an ATV or dirt bike to someone under 16 if the engine capacity is greater than 90 cubic centimeters
That’s not all. The ATV Safety Institute provides other important safety rules regarding ATVs and their operators. One of their most important rules is that operators should be wearing both helmets and goggles. ATV operators should also dress in long pants and long sleeve shirts. Proper footwear should be over-the-ankle boots or something similar.
Some other obvious tips for ATV and dirt bike operators include avoiding drugs and alcohol. Not only can you injure yourself, but you can severely injure another person.
Your off-road vehicle is only designed for one person, so you should not allow a passenger to ride with you. There is also a proper level of care and maintenance needed when owning this type of vehicle. Riding with a proper level of care is important too. There are specific routes and trails where ATVs and dirt bikes are permitted.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone Today
Despite the proper safety precautions, an accident involving an ATV or dirt bike can still happen. If you have been involved in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today. We can help get your life back on track.