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Stopping at the scene of a crash

Imagine you are driving home along a motorway when you see a horrific crash ahead. There are two choices: you can stop and try to help or you can drive on. Most drivers will decide not to stop and, even if they did, may be unsure what they are allowed to do.

Your choice

First of all, it is your choice whether you decide to stop or not. This is because you must be confident enough to give life saving help or to be able to fully describe a distressing scene to emergency services on the phone. This could be a difficult and traumatic task for which you just aren’t prepared.

Your safety

There is no point in stopping to help if you have to endanger yourself in the process. An accident on a motorway is hazardous enough, without adding to the problem by blocking the motorway. The first task is to call emergency services. Sometimes it may be safer to drive on, find a bay to stop, and then call for help.

Sometimes witnesses of a crash scene may want to direct traffic to protect people in the accident. This is not advisable, as police who direct traffic are always wearing bright protective clothing, use a torch, or have a vehicle nearby with emergency lights flashing. Witnesses who attempt to direct traffic could unnecessarily endanger their own lives.

How to help

If you are the person who calls emergency services, they are trained to direct you about what to do with injured people. In most cases, you should not attempt to touch or move them unless they are in immediate danger. The best options are to:

  • Give them confident reassurance that help is coming
  • Try to make them as warm and comfortable as possible
  • Stay with them until help comes
  • Remember they might be in shock.

This short summary is for people who come across the scene of a road accident. It is not intended to advise anyone who is actually involved in a motor accident. Green slips are intended to cover the injuries of people in a road accident involving your vehicle. Get the cheapest price for your green slip here.