Five Tips for Helping Injured Motorcyclists After an Accident

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause extreme harm, making prompt medical attention a priority. Witnesses to a motorcycle accident can provide assistance, but it is important to take precautions to protect witnesses attempting to render aid as well as the motorcyclist in need of medical attention.

Fortunately, there are ways witnesses to a motorcycle accident can help render aid to injured motorcyclists.

  • The first thing witnesses responding to a motorcycle accident should do is call emergency services for assistance. Every second counts, and after calling for help, bystanders can assist injured motorcyclists if conditions are safe.
  • Witnesses rendering aid should check to make sure the scene of an accident is safe to approach.
  • Having a first aid kit on hand can save lives. First aid kits are equipped with numerous supplies that can help, such as bandages, disinfectants and materials to treat burns. Some motorcyclists carry first aid kits.
  • Do not try to move an injured motorcyclist. Instead, ask questions about where pain can or cannot be felt. If an injured motorcyclist has a neck injury, and untrained bystanders move him or her, it could cause death or paralysis.
  • Stopping bleeding and restoring airflow can be difficult prospects for individuals who are not trained to perform CPR. In the event a motorcyclist does not have a neck injury and can be moved, raising feet above the head can restore proper blood flow and reduce the risk of going into shock. Bleeding can be controlled with a first aid kid, t-shirt or rag by applying direct pressure to wounds.

This information is not intended to be a source for medical advice, and we encourage our readers to seek out additional education by taking CPR and certified first aid classes.

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