The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Motorcycle Safety Program
C. EMERGENCY RESPONSE
After a crash has occurred, an injured rider’s life can depend on rapid and appropriate emergency medical response. Emergency medical service (EMS) personnel provide medical support at the scene and during the transport to optimal emergency care facilities. NHTSA will continue to work with its partners to provide education and assistance to EMS professionals and the law enforcement community. Also, in ensuring that this information reaches the motoring public, NHTSA will expand outreach efforts to all motorists by working with medical and health care organizations. Similarly, the agency will work with motorcycling organizations to distribute bystander care information to motorcyclists nationwide. Bystander care information has proven to be very beneficial in the event of a motor vehicle crash. It assists crash victims by providing bystanders with knowledge in reacting to a crash situation and seeking out appropriate emergency medical response.
NHTSA’s Emergency Response Program:
Create Supplemental Bystander Care to Aid Injured Motorcyclists Materials. NHTSA developed a National bystander care program, First There, First Care that includes awareness and training components. The Awareness Program is designed to encourage the public to stop and assist motor vehicle crash victims while the Training Program is a community based, hands-on training curriculum designed to increase knowledge and public confidence for assisting crash victims. For the general driving population, information will be provided to enable non-motorcyclists to properly secure the crash scene and tend to the immediate needs of an injured motorcyclist. Likewise similar supplemental materials, especially targeting motorcyclists, will be developed to provide lifesaving assistance at a crash scene for motorcyclists who may be riding in a group. Targeted completion date – 2003