It is the social responsibility of every human being to help the injured people. Responsibility towards injured person includes the: 1. Responsibility of Public 2. Responsibility of the Driver of the Faulty Vehicle 3. Responsibility of the Doctor on Duty 4. Responsibility of the Traffic Police 5. Responsibility of the Traffic Investigation Team.
1. Responsibility of Public:
It is the responsibility of public standing nearby or in front of whom the accident has occurred:
a. To give information to the nearest police personnel on duty.
b. To give information to the traffic control room.
c. To give first aid to the injured at the place of accident.
d. To take the injured to the nearest Hospital.
e. To note the registration, numbers of the vehicles involved.
2. Responsibility of the Driver of the Faulty Vehicle:
It is the responsibility of the driver of the faulty vehicle to take the injured to the nearest hospital for treatment and give information to police. In case of failure, he is liable for punishment under Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
3. Responsibility of the Doctor on Duty:
The doctor on duty shall make necessary entry in the accident register (AR), admit the injured, give treatment and give information to the police.
4. Responsibility of the Traffic Police:
As soon as the traffic police come to know about the accident, they immediately reach the accident site.
It is then the responsibility of traffic police to:
a. To send the injured to the nearest hospital.
b. To remove the vehicles involved in the accident and ensure free flow of traffic.
c. To note down the registration number(s) of the vehicles involved, date/ time and place of occurrence.
d. To detain the involved vehicles and hand over to the investigation team.
5. Responsibility of the Traffic Investigation Team:
The investigation team rushes to the accident site immediately after getting information regarding the accident.
It is the responsibility of the investigation team:
a. To give first aid to the injured and sent him to the nearest hospital for treatment.
b. To get the complaint, register a case, investigate, arrest the accused and produce the vehicles concerned before the Motor Vehicle Inspector.
c. To submit the final report after completion of investigation before the honourable jurisdictional court for further trial.
Provision of First Aid to the Injured:
Many deaths and impact of injuries can be prevented with first aid if causalities are treated immediately. First aid is the initial care given to an injured person. Mostly, this timely care prior to the arrival of the medical help means the difference between life and death. It must start immediately when the injury or illness occurs and continue until medical help arrives or the casualty recovers.
The basic aims of first aid are:
a. To save life.
b. To protect the casualty from getting more harm.
c. To reduce pain and priorities of casualty treatment.
Steps To Take After Road Accidents:
Accidents bring disasters in a person’s life. Hundreds of road accident victims suffer from severe health problems including broken limbs, spinal cord injury, neurotic disorder and many more. Accidents make people unable to work for a certain time span if not for the whole life. Incapability to work often leads to job loss and unavoidable financial crisis. This puts the accident victims and their family into an unfavorable condition.
Compensation for personal injuries is what accident victims need. However, some actions taken after accident can help in getting compensation of personal injuries. Accident victims can smoothen up the process by taking few steps after the occurrence of accidents.
1. File Police Report.
2. See a Doctor.
3. Take Snaps.
4. Obtain Information.
5. Call Insurance Agent.
1. File Police Report:
File a police report as soon as possible. Once a police officer visits the place of accident, he takes important notes like registration details of both the vehicles, the conditions of the cars, if the offender was drunk or using handheld mobile phone during driving etc. These documents are essential. Copy of police report may be submitted to the civil court as evidence and it strengthens victim’s compensation claim.
2. See a Doctor:
Do not delay to see a doctor. Consulting physician ensures proper remediation for the injured people; it also helps the solicitor gather evidence about the severity of the car accident. Generally victims go for medical check-up before consulting a lawyer, so they may not be aware of the things to ask to the doctor.
Medical documents important for car accident victims include detailed report of diagnosis, the types and levels of injuries, date and time of the visit, time of the accident, urgency of treatment etc.
3. Take Snaps:
Snaps should be taken of the damaged car, place of accident, places around the accident spot, injuries and anything else that one feels important. One should take as many pictures as it takes to get a good representation of what occurred.
4. Obtain Information:
Correct information should be obtained of all the drivers, passenger, and witnesses of the car accident. Also, be sure to get the insurance information, and license plate number of all the vehicles involved in the car accident.
5. Call Insurance Agent:
The insurance agent should be called immediately at the scene along with the police if possible. Sometimes the police officer can give insurance company more accurate information rather than information given by the claimant as he may be upset by the accident. This saves a lot of time later waiting for claim to be processed.