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Most ORVs are not designed to ride on a paved surface, although certain types of motorcycles are approved for highway use.

  • Driving these ORVs on paved surfaces can be hazardous because they are often difficult to handle on pavement.
  • ATVs are designed for off-road use only. Driving an ATV on a paved surface is a leading cause of ATV-related fatalities.

Riding double on an ORV that isn’t designed to carry a passenger—most are not—is another cause of serious accidents.

  • The additional weight throws off the center of balance, making it difficult to control the vehicle during a maneuver.
  • The operator has less room to change positions on the seat, which also affects the center of balance.

Other causes of accidents include:

  • Letting inexperienced operators ride without an experienced riding partner
  • Riding without adult supervision
  • Performing dangerous stunts and maneuvers
  • Operating in unfamiliar areas or terrain
  • Failing to observe state laws and local ordinances

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