Tragic Michigan Accident Highlights the General Dangers of Off-Road Vehicles

shutterstock_676181746-300x200Every day, there is a wide range of different vehicles being driven by individuals, including what are known as off-road vehicles. Off-Road Vehicles, or ORVs, are motor-driven recreational vehicles that are capable of cross-country travel and that are meant to be used off-road or on dirt roads. ORVs are not meant to be driven on paved roads or highways. These vehicles are capable of traveling on land, snow, ice, marsh, and other landscapes. ORVs include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), and other similar vehicles. ORVs can have different sizes depending on the type of vehicle. For example, ATVs can weigh more than 600 pounds, in addition to being able to reach speeds of 65 mph or more.

In a recent news article, a 17-year-old Greenville resident passed away after an ORV accident in Otisco Township. According to the report, the 17-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger were riding in the ORV when the vehicle flipped over. The 17-year-old driver died in the crash, while the 18-year-old passenger was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Initial reports suggest that speed and recklessness were likely factors in the accident, and neither individual wore a helmet at the time of the accident.

In the state of Michigan, ORV license and trail permits are valid for one year, which begins April 1 and ends March 31 of the following year. The Michigan state government website includes information about permit requirements and trail etiquette, in addition to reminding people that operators under the age of 16 in Michigan are required to take an approved ORV education course.

What are the Dangers of ORVs?

Depending on the type of ORV being driven, these vehicles may or may not have certain safety features that can be important for keeping individuals safe. For example, ATVs may not have any seatbelts and have a high center of gravity, meaning that they are easily tipped over. When ATVs tip over, this can cause riders to be thrown off the vehicle, or for the vehicle to flip over on the passengers.

It is important to wear long pants and long sleeves, gloves, and appropriate closed-toe shoes. It can be helpful to ride only during daylight hours and in good weather conditions. In addition, it is essential to ride ORVs at safe speeds, which may change depending on the type of landscape that you are riding on. Drivers and passengers of ATVs should not ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Have You Been Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident in Michigan

If you or someone you love has been injured in a vehicle accident in Michigan, including off-road vehicle accidents, contact the Neumann Law Group today to discuss your case. Our attorneys at Neumann Law Group are experienced in helping clients as they navigate the complex and changing laws in Michigan, in addition to being dedicated to helping clients recover the damages they deserve. In addition to Michigan motor vehicle accident claims, our firm handles dangerous and defective baby product lawsuits, premises liability cases, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and wrongful death cases. Contact our office at 800-525-6386 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.

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