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What to Do if You Are in an ATV Accident

ATV riding is exhilarating. Of course, the thrills don’t come without a degree of risk. 

Off-road riding accidents can cause major bodily harm and leave you stranded in dangerous situations. 

Today, we’re discussing preparation for worst-case scenarios. Let’s review the steps you can take to ensure the safest-possible ATV experiences, as well as how to respond if an accident occurs. 

What to Do if You Have an ATV Accident with Another Rider

If you’re in an accident that involves more than one ATV, or more than one rider, first check to make sure that everyone is physically okay. If there’s been a serious injury, dial 911 immediately before taking any other actions. A 911 call can often connect to the nearest cell signal even if you’re outside of your normal service range. 

After calling for help, begin applying first aid to the best of your ability. 

If no major injuries have occurred, inspect your vehicle(s) for damage. If another ATV was involved, exchange insurance info. Take photos of the vehicles and license plates to document any damage that occurred. 

What to Do if You Have an ATV Accident by Yourself

For solo off-road outings, preventive safety measures are especially important. 

When you ride alone, always bring your cell phone and/or a satellite phone. Make sure your phone is secured and protected so that it won’t be lost or broken if a crash occurs. 

Before going off-road, tell a friend or family member the approximate location and end time for your ride. Plan to check in with them when you get home and let them know to alert the authorities if they haven’t heard from you by a certain time. 

To prepare for the worst, bring a thoroughly-packed wilderness survival kit. Your pack should include:

  • First aid kit
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked light source
  • Signal flares and rescue whistle 
  • Fire-starting equipment
  • Hunting knife
  • Compass and map
  • Satellite phone and/or cell phone
  • High-protein snacks in a scent-proof container
  • Water bottles
  • Water purification tablets


Don’t forget to consider the weather. If you’re stuck outside after the sun sets, the temperature drop might be extreme. Wear layers and pack extra warm clothing if you’re riding in variable weather. Remember that a warm hat is effective at preserving your body heat in cold weather, while a baseball cap shields you from the baking sun on hot days. 

Always wear the proper riding gear that protects you from the elements and guards your skin in the event of a crash. Wearing the right apparel is crucial for reducing the risk and severity of both minor and major injuries. 

If you do suffer an injury, call 911 as soon as possible. Once help is on the way, stay put and wait. 

If you have emergency signal flares and a rescue whistle with you, use them to help emergency service providers find you. 

What to Do if You Have an ATV Accident With a Street Vehicle

Paved public roads are often riskier than rugged off-road terrain. High-speed cars and trucks aren’t always on the lookout for ATVs. Before you take your vehicle on the road, be sure you know the local laws, and stay extra alert at all times. 

Always keep your emergency supply kit within arm’s reach. In the event of severe injuries, accessible first-aid supplies can help you survive until help arrives. 

If you’re in an accident with a street vehicle, assess your physical condition before trying to move. If you’re seriously injured, trust that help is on the way. Call 911 as soon as you’re able to. 

If you’re able to safely move, inspect your ATV. Exchange insurance information and photograph both vehicles and license plates. 

Never delay medical attention if you suffered any sort of injury, especially one that involves your head, neck, or back. Ask the police or other emergency personnel to help you get to a hospital and to tow your ATV from the scene. 

Get the Safest and Best ATV Riding Gear in Southeast Idaho

At Switchback Motorsports, we’re here to support every aspect of your experience as an off-road ATV rider. Along with the latest and best all-terrain vehicle models, we provide the highest-quality riding gear to ensure your safety in the most rugged and thrilling conditions. 

To learn more, visit our enormous showroom in Pocatello, Idaho. If you have any questions for our team of off-road experts, send us a message online anytime or give us a call at 208-238-1575.

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