When motorcycle riders get into accidents on the road, they are often more vulnerable and more susceptible to severe injuries. If you have witnessed a motorcycle-car accident, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure how to help. Don't worry. Here are a few things you can do to provide assistance to a motorist should you come across or find yourself involved in a motorcycle/car accident.
1. Call for Emergency Services
The first and most important thing to do after witnessing an accident is to call 911 immediately. Tell the operator the location of the accident, the number of people involved, and the vehicle types. Emergency services will dispatch police, ambulance, and fire personnel to the accident site. They will also provide instructions on what to do, so stay on the line until the call ends.
2. Stay Calm and Assess the Situation
After calling emergency services:
- Ensure that you, as well as any other bystanders involved, remain calm. If you find yourself getting worked up, pause and take some deep breaths.
- When your head is clear, determine how many people are involved, their injuries, and the severity of damage to the motorcycle and the car. If any of the individuals involved are conscious and alert, try to keep them calm and reassure them that help is on the way.
- If you were involved in the accident, try to gather information about the accident. Get the names of the people involved, take photos of the accident, and contact your motorcycle accident lawyer if you have one. They will be able to handle the cases of those involved and provide additional information on handling the situation.
Ensure you avoid sharing the accident details with anyone else beyond the police and your lawyer, as doing so could make it harder for you to fight for your case.
3. Don't Move the Injured
As a bystander, it may be tempting to try to move the injured or move their vehicles. However, it would be best if you left them alone. Moving someone with injuries, particularly to their back or head, could cause further damage. Leave the individuals where they are unless there is an immediate threat to their safety, such as a fire or falling vehicle.
4. Block off the Accident Site
If you have traffic cones or warning triangles in your vehicle, place them around the accident site. Blocking off the site can prevent incoming traffic from getting closer to the accident and causing further damage or injuries. If you don't have cones or triangles, use your vehicle to block the site — it can act as a barrier and provide safety for everyone involved.
5. Provide Assistance as Needed
Emergency services will provide medical assistance and accident site clearance as they arrive on the scene. However, if you can assist others before they arrive, offer to do so. For example, you can help injured individuals by providing them with a blanket to keep them warm or giving water to any conscious and alert victims.
Witnessing and providing assistance to those involved in a motorcycle or car accident can be a traumatic experience. If you can, try to help those involved by remaining calm, assessing the situation, and assisting the injured. Remember to call emergency services and a motorcycle accident lawyer if needed. By doing so, you can help ensure that the injured are taken care of and everyone stays safe.