Have you ever wondered what qualifies as an ATV? The abbreviation ATV stands for “All-terrain vehicle.” According to the ATV Safety Institute, an ATV is defined as “…a motorized off-highway vehicle designed to travel on four low pressure or non-pneumatic tires, having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control.” Under that definition, certain vehicles like four-wheelers, side-by-sides, utility vehicles, and some golf carts can fulfill the requirements of being an ATV. Other definitions of ATV may be broader, and could include things such as dirt bikes, three-wheelers and more. To find out more about whether your ride qualifies as an ATV and how we can help you find affordable insurance for your ATV, contact your Maine Cross Insurance today.
If you are looking into getting insurance for you and your ATV, then one of the most important things to research is what is covered under your potential ATV policy. The following list is some of the common coverages associated with ATV insurance.
In the event there is an accident associated with the negligent use of your ATV that leads to an injury or death of another, this coverage can help pay some of the medical expenses and pain and suffering for the injured person, up to coverage limits.
If damage is inflicted to another individual’s ATV, vehicle, home, or other personal belongings due an accident involving the negligent use of your ATV, this coverage can help pay for that property damage, up to coverage limits.
When an uninsured or underinsured ATV rider negligently causes an accident with you, this coverage can help compensate you for your medical expenses and pain and suffering, up to coverage limits.
If you are involved in an accident, collision coverage can help with costs to repair your ATV. Collision coverage is typically optional, although it is recommended that ATV owners weigh the value of their ATV and determine if this coverage is a justifiable investment.
Comprehensive coverage, like collision, can help cover expenses when damage occurs to your ATV. The difference between these two coverages is collision helps when damage occurs from an accident with another vehicle or ATV, while comprehensive helps cover expenses when a loss is experienced due to theft, vandalism, hitting an animal, fire, and damage caused by certain weather-related events.
There are also some additional coverages that you can ask your local insurance agent about. Some of these coverages include:
If you have upgraded your ATV or have riding gear that you think should be covered, ask about how you can get an added layer of protection for your accessories.
Similar to accessory coverage, carried contents helps protect equipment, gear, and various other personal property that you may have aboard your ATV that could become damaged, lost, or stolen.
Is your ATV the latest model? If so, having total loss coverage on your new ATV can potentially help fully replace your ATV if it is totaled in a covered accident.
As an owner and rider, knowing all the details regarding your ATV policy is important. To understand your policy and exactly what is and isn’t covered, you should carefully read your entire policy. Your agent may also be able to help answer certain questions that you may have. The following are just a few non-exhaustive examples of what may not be covered:
Whether or not ATV insurance is required can depend on a variety of factors, such as the laws of the state(s) where you live and where you intend to use your ATV. If you have a loan on your ATV, the lienholder may require you to carry insurance as a condition of your loan. Even when not required, all ATV riders can benefit from purchasing ATV insurance.
ATV insurance costs and rates depend on a variety of factors. In addition to the type and amount of coverage(s) you select, the following non-exhaustive list will share some of the possible factors that can play into an ATV insurance quote.
A newer, more expensive, and typically faster ATV will tend to affect your policy more than an older machine. Safety ratings and modifications may also affect your potential costs.
With each state having different laws and regulations that riders must follow, this can affect your quote. Additionally, some states experience differing seasons and provide ATV owners with a longer riding season, which may impact rates.
Will you be riding out behind your home on your own property, on a provided course, or in a different state from where you live? Each presents its own levels of liability and risks.
Just as with regular car insurance, your individual background and driving history can alter how affordable or expensive the quote may be. The rates for a teenage male compared to a female in her forties may be very different. Past accidents while operating any machinery, not just while operating ATVs, can also alter your rates.
Having passengers accompany you on rides, or alternatively riding solo, may either increase or decrease the liability at hand, which may impact rates.
Excited to hit the trails on your side-by-side or four-wheeler? Before you do, here are some great ways to potentially save on your policy.
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