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.
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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.