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