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What to do when arriving at a serious Car Accident !

November 21, 2011

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With crazy season upon us we decided to post some educational posts to help you In Case of an Emergency.

 Please note every emergency is unique so these are purely guidelines!

What to do when arriving at a serious Car Accident

For those of us who are able to drive cars and use vehicles on a daily basis, it is expected that at some point in our lives we will either be involved in or come across a serious car accident. Knowing what to do in this situation is extremely important as it could possibly mean the difference between life and death for the person or people involved.

 Although this sounds like a lot of responsibility, not everyone is expected to have extensive medical training and be able to save victims’ lives, but we should all at least have an idea of the steps we should take to ensure that those victims do not succumb to injuries sustained in the accident due to our inactivity. As everybody knows, the first thing you must do is call the emergency services so that they have time to respond to the call and arrive on scene as soon as possible. When contacting the emergency services, the operator will ask you basic questions such as where the accident took place, how many vehicles or people were involved and how serious you estimate the injuries to be. In some cases they may even ask you to assess the severity of injuries whilst being given guidance by the operator.

 You are not going to be able to help anyone if you cause yourself injury, so the first thing you need to do is make sure that you are safe. Have a brief look around the scene of the accident for potential dangers including volatile chemical leakage, damaged electrical equipment and, obviously, traffic. Putting yourself in danger by trying to help the occupants of any of the vehicles is a risk that most of us should not attempt unless there is an immediate threat to the life of that person. This is a moral choice that you will not be judged on whatever you choose. If you think it is too dangerous, notify the emergency services of the situation and wait for them to arrive. If you judge that the situation is safe then you need to move quickly to try to ascertain the injuries sustained by any of the people involved. Initially you should attempt to communicate with the casualties, asking them their names and age, just to see if they can respond. Casualties that do not respond, even to shouting, should be given priority.

 Spinal injury is very common in road traffic accidents, so do not try to move the occupants of a vehicle unless their life is in immediate danger. The people involved in the accident that can move by themselves and exit the vehicle(s) need to be taken away from the scene of the accident as soon as possible, just so that they are out of further danger and given a chance to begin recovering. Most people will suffer from shock and will need comforting. They will feel nauseated, dizzy, confused and possibly cold, because of the increased adrenalin and hydrocortisone.

 Try to keep them warm and as comfortable as possible until the emergency services arrive.

“Time saves lives, Helivac saves Both”    

4 Comments leave one →
  1. paige permalink
    November 21, 2011 3:41 pm

    Wish more people would read this as it is important for everyone to know. Accidents are a serious .working in the emergency service is an awesome job and wish more people knew the smallest things but a big difference

  2. Gary permalink
    November 21, 2011 5:16 pm

    I’ve been fortunate to have been in positions to assist in car wreck situation on a number of occasions, it feels good to help and know what to do when help is required. Most if not all are caused by, inadequate driver education (too quick in conditions that don’t permit), drink driving (sometime too drunk to walk – let alone drive), differential in speed (one going way too fast, the other way too slow) and of course my personal favourite – road rage / “I know what I’m doing!”… I believe images like this should be displayed publicly (survivor permissions granted of course), but as a wake up call – it must. In World War 2, 1939 – 1945 (6 years of war), 12080 South Africans were killed. Last year on our roads +14000… makes you think!

  3. Beryl Hall permalink
    November 22, 2011 1:56 pm

    I am really intrested in this page thankyou for all the great work you do

  4. heidi permalink
    November 22, 2011 2:21 pm

    People need to realise to obey the road rules cause a lot of car accidents happens cause we don’t obey the rules of the road

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