Winter can provide some exciting opportunities for ATV riders who want to take their extreme off-roading to the next level. Winter accidents and other emergencies, however, can be among the most life-threatening, as they present time-sensitive situations in which you have to think and act quickly to avoid making a bad situation even worse.
Below is a quick guide of safety measures you need to take to handle ATV accidents or other emergencies during the winter. If you have further questions, check out our ATV safety page or talk to a local distributor near you.
Prepare for Winter Accidents For Your Trip
The best way to handle an ATV accident in the winter is to prepare yourself for that possible moment on your trip. You can start by packing the proper supplies you’ll need in case of an emergency
● Insulative clothing and protection: Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hats, and other insulative material that will keep the injured person warm
● Firestarter kit: Bring plenty of items that can help you start a fire quickly and maintain it until help arrives: matches, lighters, firestarter logs or fuel
● Emergency Shelter: Tent, tarp, bivy, or reflective blanket
● Mechanic tools: pliers, screwdriver, knife, spare nuts, and bolt
● Roadside tools: Fix-a-flat, air pump, tie-down cords, lighter, flashlight, jumper cables, and jack
● Navigation: GPS, compass, maps, navigation app on your smartphone
● Communication: spare phone, long-range transistor radio, flares, and emergency medical numbers
● ER kit: bandages, ice pack, medical tape, sterile wipes, small medical tools, emergency medication
● Fuel: gasoline, oil, coolant
Providing Medical Treatment for an Injured Rider
While it is always important to seek medical treatment for an injured rider, winter weather such as freezing temperatures, snow, and ice, can create a more urgent situation in which the injured person is battling both their injuries and the threat of freezing. Therefore, you must have a plan in place to act quickly in such situations.
If you are unable to transport the injured rider, then contact 911 or an emergency medical crew right away. Act fast and decisively. Treat the rider as well as you can, but know your limits. Provide protection, stable support, and use your first aid kit appropriately.
● Lay the person down, if possible.
● Elevate the person's feet about 12 inches unless head, neck, hips, bones, or back is injured
● Turn the person on the side if vomiting or mouth bleeding occurs
● Attempt CPR if the victim is not breathing or breathing seems dangerously weak
● Treat the visible injuries
● Keep the injured person warm and comfortable
● Loosen restrictive clothing and cover with a coat or blanket
Provide Documentation of the Accident If Necessary
Try to document the accident by doing the following:
● Write down the details of the accident including the cause
● Talk to the injured rider
● Get statements from eyewitnesses
● Take photos or videos of the damaged vehicle and any injuries
● Take pictures of the surroundings
While your primary concern is the victim, you will also have to deal with the accident once things settle down. You may have to fill out a police report and then contact your insurance company.
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