Ontario offers a vast rural landscape that attracts outdoor enthusiasts looking to get outside and enjoy nature in a fun and exciting way. ATV riding has become an immensely popular activity, providing adventure and practicality, especially on farms and ranches. However, before hopping onto an ATV, it is essential to understand the risks associated with these off-road vehicles and be prepared in case of an accident. This article will provide some tips on what to do if you are involved in such an accident and some safety information.
Understanding the Risks of ATV Accidents in Ontario
While ATV riding promises adventure, it also brings significant risk. Sadly, ATV accidents have been on the rise, leading to severe injuries and, in some cases, fatalities. CTV news has reported that ATV fatalities were on the rise in 2022 as compared to previous years. The lack of protection and the challenging terrains where ATVs are typically operated contribute to the heightened risk of crashes, rollovers, and wipe-outs.
What to Do After an ATV Accident on Private Property
If you or someone close to you have recently been involved in an ATV accident, it is crucial to know that there are resources available to aid in your recovery. One such resource is seeking the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who can help you pursue compensation from the responsible party. Here are the recommended steps to take following an ATV accident:
- Seek Immediate Medical Help
In any emergency situation, prioritizing medical treatment is paramount. If someone is seriously injured, try to avoid moving them if possible unless it is necessary to clear the path, and call for help. In extreme cases where the accident occurs in forests with no roads for vehicles, an air ambulance may be needed to transport the injured person. It is important to ensure that you either have cell phone service or some kind of radio communication device to allow you to reach emergency services when you are in isolated areas. It is also important to know the location of where you are operating your ATV so that you can direct emergency services when you contact them.
Following any emergency medical treatment you receive, it is crucial that you see your family doctor on a regular basis as well as any other specialists they may recommend to help document and treat your injuries.
- Stay at the Scene of the Accident and Take Pictures
Remain at the accident scene until help arrives. It is important to document the accident by taking photos and gathering relevant information. If another ATV was involved, collect the owner's contact and insurance details. Once the police arrive, note the names and contact information of the officers and request a copy of the police report for future reference in insurance claims and potential personal injury lawsuits.
Also, know where the exact location of the accident. This means knowing which path you are on, which direction you were heading, and taking pictures of the path and of any obstructions in the path that you may have collided with. Take note if there is any signage of warning and if so, take pictures of it.
- Notify the Police and your Insurance Company
If police do not come to the scene of the accident, it is important that you report the accident to the police as soon as possible. This will create a record of the accident for use in the future.
Let your insurance provider know about the ATV accident as soon as possible. Document your injuries and the impact of the accident on your life, including pain and suffering, loss of income, and disruptions to your daily routine.
- Other Tips
Some other tips to ensure your safety when riding an ATV include making sure the ATV is in good working condition, that the ATV is insured, that you are wearing all protective equipment, and that you are not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol when operating the ATV.
Also be sure to abide by local laws and regulations on ATV use, such as avoiding their use on public highways and roads where applicable.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an ATV accident, please contact our team at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P for a free initial consultation at 1 (855) 546-2525.