Iowa ATV Laws

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be a great recreational activity for friends and families. However, ATVs can be dangerous or deadly, especially for young children. In the United States, over 40,000 children under the age of 16 are injured or killed each year in ATV accidents. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, this number of deaths and injuries resulting from ATV accidents is exorbitant and poses a serious public health risk.

ATV riders should exercise the utmost caution when riding, and parents should review the serious risks and dangers before allowing any child to ride an ATV. An ATV requires the same set of skills required to drive a car, and therefore, use by a child under the age of 16 poses serious safety threats.

Iowa ATV riders should be familiar with the laws regarding ATV use. In Iowa,

  • A helmet is required in government-funded off-highway vehicle parks.
  • Eye protection is not required, although recommended.
  • Lights are required after dark.
  • ATV operators must be over the age of 12.
  • A Riders Education Certificate is required for all riders under the age of 18.
  • Title and registration are required.
  • An operator license is required for use on farm roads.
  • A muffler is required and there are sound restrictions in place. The noise from your ATV must be less than 86 A-weighted decibels (a unit of sound intensity) at 50 feet from the vehicle.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident, you need a knowledgeable and understanding attorney to work hard to help you gain the compensation you need for your losses and suffering. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.

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