It’s good to help other drivers in need. You just need to make sure you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way to do so. Accidents are too common on busy roads. In fact, you may have seen a couple of accidents on your way to work today.
How to help an accident victim
Being a good Samaritan on roads has both rewards and risks. The reward is that you’re helping someone who needs it. The risk is if you accidently cause damage to those involved in the accident or end up getting hurt yourself. When you see an accident, you may wonder whether you should keep driving or if you should pull over to help. If you decide to stop and help, please make sure it is safe first. You don’t want to end up getting hurt, too.
One of the first things you should do when trying to help someone is to make sure you have pulled into a safe spot. You should also turn your emergency flashers on. Then, you should call 9-1-1. You should call from a safe place, like from the inside of your car. Once you have called 9-1-1, you should wait for the emergency vehicles to arrive. They may ask you some questions about the accident. This is where you can tell them what you know about the accident. Please keep in mind that injured individuals are vulnerable. It’s best to not move them unless you’re trained or highly-skilled in that area. You should immediately call 9-1-1 for professional help.
County Sheriff’s Deputy hit by car
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, a car accident took place at Billtown Road and Michaele Lane. A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy was getting out of his car to assist a police officer by directing traffic around the accident. This was when the deputy was hit by a passing vehicle. The deputy was taken to the hospital with some scrapes and bruises. Thankfully, he did not have any broken bones and is expected to recover. This accident is a perfect example of why we should always slow down and pass accident scenes with caution. We also need to focus on the road and not the accident. It's hard to not look at an accident scene when you're driving, but when you do, you are taking your eyes off the road and could injure someone just like in this accident with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy. Please always focus on the road when you pass an accident scene.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind everyone to put their safety first. I know one of our first reactions after we witness an accident is to jump out and help. However, that doesn’t help the victim if we get injured ourselves. Please always contact 9-1-1 and park yourself in a safe spot. That way, you won’t get injured as well