IntroductionIndia is rapidly growing and the growing population has lead to migration, congested and inadequate infrastructure. This along with high-speed bikes and cars coupled with lax traffic regulation leads to accidents. We often read about or witness unfortunate people becoming caught in road traffic accidents.
Impact of Road traffic accidentsIn India, its estimated that around 400 people die every day on the streets and 43 children die due to accidents. The stark reality is every 10 minutes 3 people die in traffic accidents. More than two-thirds of these deaths due to injuries are males between 30-40 years. A young life full of hope is snatched, a family loses it's breadwinner, dependents are left clueless picking up the pieces.
Can we do something?Prevention is better than cure and following speed and traffic regulations helps is preventing accidents. Once a road traffic accident occurs, depending on the gravity of the injuries the most crucial factor is How soon medical help is given on site and or in a Trauma Hospital. Many doctors talk about the Golden Hour. The First sixty valuable minutes will determine the life or death of major road traffic victims. This is the point where we (citizens, traffic police and hospitals) can play a vital role.
Myths about helping an accident victimMany of us in India are worried that when we start to help an injured person, we would be burdened with legal responsibilities, appearing before the police and courts and times a financial burden. All these are myths and the regulations are more friends towards a member of public who comes forward to help such people.
When you witness an accident
If you are interested in getting trained in first aid many centers offer these courses depending on your locality. Some of them include
Lastly, inform you college or supervisor at work or office, I'm sure you will get an around of applause for helping a human at the time of need.
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The author has given an account of actions we can take if we happened to see a fellow who met with an accident. It is human to help a person who needs help. We don't we may also face such a problem any day and we may also wait for a helping hand. But I also agree that many people don't come forward to help him thinking that they may have to face the problem with police. Our police also will start enquiry from the person who has given them the information. In India, a common man has a lot of fear for police and police station. So they don't want to go into the cage of a tiger. But as a human being, we should see that he will be shifted to the hospital immediately. These days ambulances are also arriving very fast to the site. If we take him it is Ok. Otherwise making a phone call to the ambulance and see that he will be shifted to the hospital is our minimum responsibility, I feel.
A good article with good inputs. My appreciation to the author.