If you’re ever unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, it’s vitally important to be able to think quickly and help the others in your car or in any other involved vehicles. This article will explain, step by step, what to do to help others after a car accident.
First things first: Try not to panic
Although it can be difficult to maintain a clear head in such a heightened state, it helps if you already know exactly what you have to do, and in what order. So firstly, secure the scene. Turn the engines of all the cars involved off if possible, check for petrol leaks and broken glass, and turn all hazard lights on. Secondly, if you can already see that there are casualties involved, call an ambulance first before waiting to check their injuries. As you do so, survey the scene and go to anyone who is unconscious first.
Remember: never move anyone who is unconscious. Simply tap them gently and attempt to wake them up. If they won’t wake, check their breathing. If they are breathing, there is nothing more you can do until the paramedics arrive. If they are not breathing then you will need to begin CPR immediately.
Training in CPR can be given by the St John’s Ambulance Service or by the Red Cross, but even if you are untrained you can make an attempt to give chest compressions. Chest compressions alone were proven to be just as effective as CPR in some studies, so by simply placing one palm face-down on the casualty’s breastbone and the other hand on top, and then pressing down firmly and quickly, 30 times, you can re-start their heart’s rhythm.
The second important thing to check for is whether anyone is bleeding. If so, use a rag or piece of cloth to press down firmly on the area to stop the bleeding. If too much blood is lost, the casualty could go into shock or even die. Finally, make sure everyone at the scene is warm enough until the paramedics arrive. Blood loss and shock can also cause the body temperature to dip dangerously low.
Compensation for car accidents
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be due compensation for the accident or for any injuries you have received.
Call Accident Advice Helpline for more information on how to claim on a no win, no fee basis, even if the other driver was uninsured.