I am a careful rider and have been extremely lucky. But I often wonder what I would do if I or my husband, my riding partner, went down. I don't obsess over it or anything. However, it's hard not to think about sometimes.
What would you do if you witnessed a motorcycle accident? I mean, really? Would you have a clue? I wouldn't. And I think it's about time for that to change.
|Vicki demonstrates how to safely remove a full face helmet.|
Let's face it, in even a low-speed crash, chance of injury is pretty high. A collision at a moderate speed is almost certain to cause significant trauma.
If the first responders, usually other riders or chance bystanders, don't know the proper steps to take, they can actually cause more damage. When/how do you moved the downed rider? Is CPR the best thing to do? What if you need to open an airway? How do you safely remove a full face helmet?
Vicki is a Registered Nurse. She'd been trained to handle trauma victims when they arrived at the hospital, but as a rider herself, she realized that she'd never been trained on how to handle victims of motorcycle trauma. So she decided to figure out how to handle victims of motorcycle accidents AND how to train others to do the same thing.
ACMI has instructors in 28 different states and even Australia. If you have a group of people interested in the class, the instructor may be able to come to your location.
You definitely want to take a friend. After all, what if you are the one who goes down? You'd like your riding partner and other riders around you to know how to react, right?
For more information, visit the ASMI Web site at http://www.accidentscene.org.
You and Your Motorcycle - Riding Tips" Motorcycle Safety Foundation guide. It's a must-read for beginner riders, and it wouldn't hurt experienced riders to have a look, too. One can never be too careful, right? It's available in a downloadable PDF version. It's a small, illustrated, easy-to-read booklet full of tips to help keep you and your riding buddies safe.