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Fast Facts • Every year, 1.3 million people die worldwide as a result of traffic collisions. That is more than 300 deaths a day, and more than half of these victims are not travelling in a car. • 20 to 50 million people do not suffer fatal injuries in road accidents worldwide annually. • 2011 to 2020 is known as the Decade of Road Safety – to read more about this, go •

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you know what to do if you witnessed a bad accident right in front of you? Would you know who to call? The decisions you make can affect the lives of the injured. Be prepared. Pull off the road so you don’t cause any further obstructions. Turn on your hazards and your lights and get out your triangle or anything that could alert other motorists of the scene.

to In South Africa alone, we lose 36 lives a day on our roads. That’s one death every 43 minutes. 20 people a day in our country become permanently disabled due to road accidents. More than 90% of all road accidents in this country are due to lawlessness, such as drunken driving or driving without a license.

Phone emergency services (see box for details), making sure to give them your number first in case you get cut off. Also supply information about what happened – how many people are involved, are there serious injuries, is there a fire and so forth. Listen to the instructions given to you on the phone. The operators are trained to help you. Stay calm. Get your first aid kit out of your car and put on the gloves. Approach the accident scene only if it is safe to do so. Never approach if you’re on a blind rise and there is a possibility of a further collision, or if there is a fire. If possible, turn off all vehicles involved. A single spark from the engine could potentially start a fire. Calm and reassure the victims. Let them know that help is on the way. If the victim is not breathing, check the mouth for obstructions. If you are trained to do so, you may perform CPR, but keep in mind that moving the victim is a dangerous gamble – they could have broken bones or internal injuries that you could worsen. If the victim is losing a lot of blood, use something (gauze from your first aid kit, a towel or even a shirt) to stem the flow. Press down firmly on the wound and wait for help. This small act could save a life. Never, however, touch blood with your bare hands – it’s not worth the risk. If others arrive, get them to redirect traffic and alert other motorists of the danger. There should preferably be a person on either side of the road waving cars down to warn them. All cars at the scene should turn on their emergency lights. The aim is to make the scene as visible as possible. Don’t let anyone tamper with the scene – in fact, the fewer people that approach the better.

Text | Deanne Birkholtz Photography | Schebert

Who to call ER24 084 124 Police 10111 Ambulance 10117 Netcare 911 082 911 Arrive Alive Call Centre 0861 400 800 Source: Arrive Alive

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