You're riding a motorcycle about 100 yards behind your spouse when a car pulls out in front of their bike. You watch in horror as your spouse slams into the car and lands on the pavement.
Naturally, you are first on the scene. What do you do now? You have never been in this situation before. Here are a few tips showing what steps you should take:
- Remain calm. This is a dire situation, but you need to stay calm and collected so that you can help.
- Make sure the scene is safe. There are many risks, such as a secondary accident caused by another driver.
- Check on your spouse, trying to assess their condition. Treat even apparently minor injuries as serious.
- Call 911 or ask someone else to do so; other drivers are likely stopping at the scene.
- Do not take off your spouse's helmet. Doing so feels natural, but it can make head and neck injuries much worse. Leave it on unless it is absolutely necessary to remove it.
- Do not move your spouse. This can be especially dangerous with spine injuries. Again, unless it is absolutely necessary, leave him or her in the same position while rendering what aid you can.
- When the paramedics arrive at the crash site, step aside and let them do their job. Even if you have good intentions, they need a clear space to work. They are professionals. Trust them.
After the accident, when your family is facing high medical bills and many other costs, be sure you know all of the legal options you have to seek financial compensation.