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  • Emma Hallett

What to do if you witness an incident

Following my post on what to do if you are involved in an incident I thought I would write about what to do if you are witness to an incident or arrive on the scene shortly afterwards.

  • If there are already enough people who have stopped to help continue driving carefully.

  • If you do stop be careful as further collisions can happen, be aware of fire risks.

  • Call the emergency services if this has not already been done and give them as much information as possible.

  • You don’t have to have had first aid training to be able to help but this is only a temporary measure until the emergency services arrive.

  • Deal with danger – approach vehicles with care, switch off all engines and warn other traffic. No smoking.

  • Get help – if there are any bystanders get them to help, ensure the emergency services are called.

  • Help those involved – do not move casualties unless there is further danger. Do not remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless it’s essential. Do not give anyone food or drink. Try to make people warm and comfortable. Reassure confidently and try not to leave anyone alone.

  • Provide emergency care -

  • You can be prepared by carrying a first aid kit or check the vehicles involved for a kit.

  • Be prepared to give your details to those involved if you are a witness.

  • Be prepared to make a statement to the police.

If you feel like you would like to be more prepared to help someone in the event of an incident you can always take a first aid course.

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