Say you’re cruising down the stretch of EDSA on a hectic morning, zipping through the traffic, then you see a motorcycle accident happen before your very eyes, would you know what you should do? Here are a few things you should remember if you decide to halt and render any help:
1. Secure the area
Make the area as safe as possible because the incoming traffic could pose danger to both the accident victim and yourself. This may require asking passersby and other road users to act as look-outs or signalers and using warning triangles and flashlights to help with redirecting traffic.
2. Clear the area to make way for emergency responders
Stop somewhere that will leave the accident scene clear for emergency vehicles, and make sure others do the same. Make sure you park out of the way of approaching motorists, or one of them could collide with your vehicle and cause another accident. Turn your hazard lights on to attract as much attention to your stopped vehicle as possible.
3. Call for help
Make sure you call 911 if the people involved are seriously injured and in need of immediate medical attention. You can also help by alerting traffic enforcers deployed near the area of the accident so they can respond right away.
4. Don’t move the injured rider unless absolutely necessary
Don’t even attempt to remove a rider’s helmet except when it is impeding his ability to breath, Taking a helmet off somebody might seem like an obvious “first step,” since it can be tough to tell how a person is while he is wearing one, but without understanding the condition of an injured rider’s spine, it’s frighteningly easy to paralyze them by moving their body. Especially at the neck. Motorcycle accidents often involve spinal injuries that can be made worse by moving the victim, so don’t do it unless they are in immediate, life-threatening danger.
5. Communicate with the injured rider
No matter who you are, being involved in an accident is a frightening and highly stressful situation. For that reason, you should communicate with the victim in a calm, confident, and reassuring manner, making sure they know that help is on the way and that they are being taken cared of.
6. Step out of the way once help arrives
Learn to back off when authorities arrive so they can fully attend to the parties involved in the accident. But don’t hesitate to cooperate in case they need you to provide your first-hand account of the collision or your helmet cam footage for their investigation.
Witnessing a motorcycle accident can be a harrowing experience but hopefully you can spring into action without getting overzealous and causing the victims more harm. Don’t try to be a doctor if you’re not one and put to mind that even just consoling a person in a moment of extreme distress could go a long away. Remember that even the most careful and skilled riders can still become involved in accidents so it’s great to have the whole motorcycle community looking out for each other out there. Ride safe!
Do you have any stories about helping out at the scene of an accident? What did you do? Feel free to share in the comments section!