What causes a motorcycle accident?
A patient has been recently admitted to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital ER after being involved in a motorbike accident. The patient recalls leaning into a corner, and once through the corner being unable to straighten out due to the handlebars locking in place. He subsequently crashed into the curb, passed out and received prompt assistance from paramedics who performed scene stabilization and rapid transportation to hospital.
On admission to the ER, the patient was found to present with a severely compound fracture of the right leg, as well as multiple soft tissue injuries including abrasions and lacerations. An immediate CT scan was performed in order to determine the extent of a suspected dislocation of the knee, and associated vascular injury. Injuries of this nature are considered highly significant and if not treated promptly may lead to an amputation. The patient was found to require further surgical management.
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- Under certain circumstances, leaving the scene of an accident can be seen as an offence. Have a look around and start to understand what has happened.
Try to remain calm:
- Loosing your temper in a crash situation does not help. Try not to assign blame, be factual and polite when dealing with other people and don't be afraid to ask for assistance.
Check for injuries:
- If you have been injured, try not to move until the Emergency Services arrive. If you are able to assist, check for injuries on yourself and others involved. If injuries are present, phone the Emergency Services immediately.
Make the scene safe:
- Once everyone has been seen to, switch off all vehicle engines and make sure handbrakes are up where applicable. Try not to stay in the middle of the road. Contact traffic authorities if the accident scene poses a possible danger to other road users or is uncontrollable.
If the accident involved another vehicle, exchange details:
- Try to obtain as much information as possible. You will need these details in order to report the accident to your insurance and to the local police station.