If you ever see any kind of accident, you are not obligated to help. But for the Good Samaritans in the world, we wanted to provide these three ways to help someone in the event of a motorcycle accident.
Call the Police
If you see a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should always do is dial 9-1-1. Don’t assume someone else has driven past and called the police before you. Instead, call the police and give them the exact location of the accident.
You want to avoid the phenomenon called the “diffusion of responsibility,” in which a person feels less obligated to help or act because other people are present. Pretend you are the only person who has seen the accident and the only person who can call the police, regardless of whether or not other vehicles have stopped to help.
Clear the Area
It’s important not to move the injured motorcyclist, so you have to make the area safe for them to stay in. Clear any hazards that pose a risk to the motorcyclist and direct traffic around the accident.
Clearing the area is important not only to the safety of the injured motorcyclist but also to your safety and the safety of other drivers. You don’t want to risk another accident occurring.
Provide Aid to the Motorcyclist
Now that the area is safe, you can tend to the injured motorcyclist. Do not remove their helmet under any circumstances. The helmet could be keeping their injured head or neck in place.
Perform CPR or administer first aid if you’ve been trained to do so. These skills can help keep an injured motorcyclist alive until the paramedics arrive. If you have not been trained in CPR or first aid, it is okay to let someone else who is trained tend to the motorcyclist while you help direct traffic around the accident until the paramedics arrive.
Help from an Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorney
For injured motorcyclists, the help of a Good Samaritan can be life-saving. Injuries in motorcycle accidents are typically more severe than in car accidents. If a motorcyclist does survive an accident, their medical bills can be astronomical. Be sure to call Hensley Legal Group and talk to an Indiana motorcycle accident attorney if you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident. We can help recover the money you need for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and continuing medical costs after the accident.