Good Samaritan or Accident Victim: Staying Safe While Helping Others
When Those Helping Victims Become Victims Themselves
The phrase "Good Samaritan" is used to describe a person who renders aid to another (even a complete stranger) upon seeing that other person in need or distress. There are countless stories from across the nation of these well-intentioned and caring individuals stepping in to save others from danger, distress, or inconvenience. If these Good Samaritans are not careful, however, they can become victims themselves and could find themselves in a situation more precarious than that of the individuals they are attempting to assist.
Consider the recent story from Michigan in which two Good Samaritans were struck by an allegedly drunk driver while the two Good Samaritans were busy helping victims of another crash along the side of the road. In that case, the two Good Samaritans were taken from the scene in critical condition – a condition far more severe than that of any of the car crash victims they were attempting to help.
Staying Safe While Helping Others
Anytime you or a loved one stop and exit your vehicle while along the side of a road or highway, you are placing yourself at an increased risk of suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries from other careless motorists on the roadway or highway. You can reduce this risk by taking a few simple precautions:
- Where possible, wear reflective or highly visible clothing, such as a reflective vest (especially at night or in low visibility situations). If you stop to help someone but do not have any such clothing, carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp any time you are outside the vehicle;
- If you have flares or strobe lights, set these up at regular intervals near the roadway for several hundred feet before the scene of the crash or the place where you are helping others. This will assist other motorists in knowing that there is a crash or obstruction up ahead and should encourage many motorists to slow down before they reach your location;
- Always keep an eye on surrounding traffic regardless of how far off the road you may find yourself. If you are helping the victims of another accident, know that passing motorists may be distracted by the crash and may not be exercising the care they ought to be;
- Be mindful of your own vehicle and other parked vehicles. If you place yourself between two parked vehicles, you risk being crushed if one vehicle or the other is hit by a careless driver. Instead, remain as far as possible from the vehicles and allow them to act as a "shield" in the event someone leaves his or her lane of travel.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Helps Those Injured While Helping Others
Injured Good Samaritans may be able to recover compensation and monetary damages in the event that another person's or driver's negligent behavior causes the Good Samaritan to suffer harm – just like any other injury victim. Roadside injuries should be promptly evaluated and treated at the local emergency room or the nearest healthcare facility. Once one's health and well-being are addressed, the injured Good Samaritan should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine what legal rights he or she may have, including (potentially) the right to recover compensation from the at-fault party.
At Montlick & Associates, our firm has over 35 years of experience in representing car crash injury victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Contact us to schedule your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.
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