When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the potential for serious or even fatal injuries is extremely high. It is not only a traumatic experience physically, but can also be emotionally and psychologically devastating. During such a critical time, thinking right and taking deliberate action could very well make the difference between life and death.
Making Yourself Knowledgeable
A motorcycle accident poses significantly more risk of death and disability to the victim compared to other types of auto accidents. In addition to being equipped with the right gear such as boots, leather jackets, and gloves, which help reduce the severity of injuries in a motorcycle accident, riders should also carry a first-aid kit that has items such as gauze pads, wire splints, bandages, antibiotic ointments, etc.
The first step is to educate yourself with regard to what to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. You can do so by taking certified CPR classes or enrolling in a local fire department program for civilians that teaches rescue operations and first-aid techniques. Every person who rides a motorcycle would be well advised to educate himself or herself as much as possible regarding travel safety and first aid.
What Steps Should You Take?
Here are the steps one should take at the scene of a motorcycle accident in terms of responding to victims' injuries:
Check for trauma. The first step is to call emergency responders and while you wait for them, take a moment to evaluate the situation. If there is no danger immediately, do not move the victim until you are able to evaluate the extent of injuries. Asking the victim a few questions will give you a better idea of whether he or she is lucid or disoriented. Check for trauma to the head, chest, neck, shoulders and extremities. Ask if they are experiencing tightness in the abdomen, as this might be a symptom of internal injuries. If the victim has suffered neck injuries such as a fracture, the victim should not be moved unless he or she has stopped breathing and needs CPR.
Is the victim in shock? This could occur in cases where a motorcycle accident victim has suffered significant blood loss, internal hemorrhaging or trauma to the nervous system. Some of the common symptoms of shock include paleness, fatigue, confusion, breathing issues and loss of consciousness. You can help a victim who is in such a situation by covering him or her with a blanket or keeping them warm until paramedics arrive.
Administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. If the victim is not breathing, it might be a good idea to administer CPR. This is a lifesaving technique is typically performed on someone who is going into cardiac arrest. It involving administering chest compressions and providing ventilation mouth-to-mouth, which could help resuscitate the victim.
Immobilizing fractured limbs. Broken bones are a common consequence of motorcycle accidents. In such cases, the limb should be splinted so it is immobilized. Secure the splint against the limb with an elastic bandage. You may also be able to do so with tapes or cloth pieces.
Contacting a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our experienced Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Call us for a complimentary consultation and case evaluation.