5 Things You Can Do To Help With A Motorcycle Accident

As a motorcyclist, you know that every time you ride a bike there are risks. A motorcyclist is more at risk than any other vehicle on the road if it collides with another vehicle (whether responsible or not) or if a motorcycle accidentally slides in the rain.

While you can actively work to prevent these accidents, they are just unfortunate accidents that happen unexpectedly. No matter how careful you are, motorcyclists can be seriously injured on the road.

When a motorcycle accident occurs, the difference between a rider's life and death is how he reacts to the situation as a witness. If you’re the one involved in an accident, hopefully, there are other riders or road users that can help you through some of these important steps. But, if one of your biking buddies is the victim or if you happen to witness a motorbike crash, then follow these 5 steps and help save a life!

Step #1: Secure the Victim & the Motorcycle 

First things first – safety! If the crash happens on a busy expressway, find a way to warn, slow down or redirect oncoming traffic and get to the victim. Check if the rider is conscious and secure. Do not move the victim unless he/she is in a life threatening situation. Your main aim is to ensure that both you and the victim are out of danger’s way from other vehicles and road debris. 

Once the victim is safe, quickly check the crashed motorcycle as well, to ensure that the engine is switched off and no fluid is leaking onto the road. If necessary, move the vehicle to a safer spot on the road shoulder. However, if it’s not obstructing traffic, then it’s best to leave it as it is until the traffic police arrives to check the scene as well. 

Step #2: Assess The Situation 

Next, assess the situation of the victim and the crash site, so you can report it accurately to the medical team and the victim’s motorcycle insurance company as the main witness. Check for injuries, but do not remove the rider’s helmet. They should also keep the victim still in the event of a serious injury such as a broken bone or internal bleeding.

However, you can improve rider breathing by opening the rider's helmet visor and letting air flow. There is also ample space and comfort as other bystanders can help block the area where the victim is lying.

It is always worth preparing to clean and care for simple wounds with a basic first aid kit. However, if you are bleeding excessively, press the area to stop the blood flow until specialized help arrives. 

Step #3: Keep the Victim Calm

Then, talk to the victim in a calm tone and explain what had just happened. The victim is most likely to still be in shock and confused about the situation. Gently assure the rider that help is on its way and ask for the victim’s name, address, and emergency contact number, so you can help inform the paramedics for more timely coordination. 

Step #4: Call for Professional Help 

After you are sure that the victim is comfortable and alert, call the medical experts and report the incident to the local police. You should ask someone to help you make the call if you can’t do it yourself. Be ready to report the location of the victim, and also, give your name to the operator for reference. 

Make sure you don’t turn off your phone in case the emergency team needs further information on your whereabouts and the present condition of the victim. 

Step #5: Document the Scene of the Accident 

Once the victim is calm, ask for assistance from other witnesses to take photos of the accident site for documentation purposes. This will help the victim with their motorcycle insurance claim and No Claims Discount (NCD) if eligible. 

Besides recording information of the scene, getting the contact information of other witnesses will also be very helpful to the victim when submitting their motorcycle insurance claim. Not everyone may want to be a witness but ask around if anyone is willing to wait for the authorities to give their official statements. 

Be A Thoughtful Rider and Help Save A Life

Road safety rules should be practised at all times to avoid accidents and serious injuries. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you can be of help to a fellow rider, you should have some basic knowledge of what to do. 

Of course, there are also things you should NOT do:

  • Do not move the injured victim if they complain of spinal or neck pain. Remember, the less movement, the better. Victims need to be moved only if they want to keep them away from imminent risk.
  • Don't go crazy. Even if you're a little shocked, stay calm while helping the victim. When you start screaming, the injured rider can panic and things get worse.
  • Don't assume that others know what you are doing. If someone yells, be sure to ask them to stay away from the victim. If someone is willing to help you, but you don't know what to do, give something from the list above. You can say, "Hello, can you keep the traffic away from us?" Or, "Call 995 and tell us where we are. If anyone was injured in a motorcycle accident" or "Hey, help the people around us come back a bit. Isn't it? "

Many motorcyclists and drivers may not be fully aware of what to do in the event of a motorcycle accident. Therefore, I emphasized these five steps as a guide to helping other bikers in need.

Have you ever helped at the scene of a motorcycle accident? What have you done? Share your story with us in the comments section below!