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Don’t Let ATV Risks Ruin Your ATV Fun

Fall is a great season to get those 4-wheelers, UTVs, and other specialty off-road vehicles out to explore. And while all these types of vehicles can be fun, they also have risks that you need to be prepared to face. Having the right insurance in place is a big part of that preparation.

Some of those risks and coverages may be obvious, like collision coverage for accidents and comprehensive coverage for incidents of theft, fire, animal collisions, etc. But what about some of the less thought of risks you may face? Let’s take a look at a few:

Accessory Coverage
Many people add accessories to their ATV/UTV like trailer hitches, hunting equipment, custom seats, etc. This non-manufacturer-standard equipment may not be covered on your current policy. It may, however, be an option to be added or included in a different policy option. Even helmets, riding gear, radios, etc. may have the option to be covered if used exclusively for the insured vehicle.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist
Many people don’t insure their vehicles, especially if they are specialty vehicles like ATV/UTVs. If your vehicle is damaged in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured vehicle, you may not have coverage on a “standard” ATV/UTV policy. Adding this coverage, and/or potentially extending coverage to your ATV/UTV on a personal umbrella policy, may protect you from this type of liability.

Transport/Trailer Damage
Do you transport your ATV/UTV to other locations to ride? What about locations like trails, state/public parks, or hunting properties? If you do, you may have coverage limits, or a lack of coverage, that you’re not aware of having. Some state and public parks require ATV/UTV insurance for riders, meaning that if your vehicle is included under your home/auto policy, you may have coverage in these parks. In addition, the limits for damage to your ATV/UTV while it is trailered may not be enough to coverage damages in case of a severe accident.

As you can see, there is more to think about when covering these specialty vehicles. Contact Brandon Patterson at 865.453.1414 or email and he’ll be happy to discuss it and provide you info on the coverage you need.