The size of trucks with tractor trailers are often huge. In most of these accidents some one becomes hurt. Fortunately, all the safety features newer vehicles have lessened fatalities so more people do survive. State laws vary, but typically if one only has minor injuries or no injuries at all one should help. If a person does not have a minimum amount of first aid knowledge they could do more harm than good. It is better to err on the side of helping than to stand by and do nothing.
All one is expected to do is to give temporary care until authorities or the ambulance arrives. Even if an accident victim cannot become immediately removed from a vehicle first aid can be given. A good piece of information to know comes as most truckers have been trained in first aid and have instructions given by most companies to stop and offer aid if they come upon an accident. Take a course of first aid at the local YMCA or hospital to become more able to help.
Do Not Move the Victim Unless Immediate Danger
Many injuries do not visibly show unless the victim tries to stand or move. Immobilizing the neck and back often prevent further injury. Someone in pain may need reminding to stay put. If a fire starts in the vehicle or the location of the vehicle is subjected to imminent danger then movement of the victim becomes understandable and necessary. Try to maintain the victims position such as if the arms are crossed keep them crossed. If the need for getting away from the vehicle makes it necessary and the victim is not mobile lay them on the ground. Then drag by the shoulders to safety.
Once safe, observe how the accident victim breaths Shallow breathing can indicate the victim is going into shock. Keep the victim warm and talking to them. It helps if one stays positive, tells a joke, talk about sports etc. to keep the victim alert. Pain causes shallow breathing so reminding them to breathe in deeply and slowly once in a while helps calm them and relieves pain if the rib cage is not involved.
Any fluids leaking from a victim becomes a concern. Bleeding is the first concern. Simply applying pressure will allow the blood to clot. Urination could indicate internal pain or fright. Make note and tell the medical personnel when they arrive if it happened in the vehicle or later. Excessive salivating indicates a reaction to pain. Make a note.
Advanced first aid should be left to professionals if possible. Doing simple things to comfort and start the process has a huge impact on healing someone. The first hour is critical and preparing a person emotionally for the medical personnel helps them focus on healing rather than fear. At our most vulnerable moments no one wants to be alone. Giving aid to a fellow human being in pain puts us above the animals.
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