What To Do When Someone Gets Hit By A Car

If you witness someone getting hit by a car it is important to stay calm and assess the situation. First make sure the person is not in immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. If it is safe to do so move the person to the side of the road. Once the person is out of harm’s way assess their injuries. If the person is bleeding apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If the person is not bleeding but is in pain try to keep them calm and still.

If the person is unconscious call 911 immediately and begin CPR if you are trained to do so. If the person is conscious ask them basic questions to assess their level of consciousness. If they are able to answer ask them their name what day it is and where they are. If they are unable to answer or if their answers are confused they may have a head injury and you should call 911.

Stay with the person until medical help arrives. If you must leave make sure someone else stays with the person. Once medical help has arrived give them a detailed account of what happened and any information you have about the person such as their name or any medical conditions they have.

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What should you do if you see someone get hit by a car?

The first thing you should do is call 911.

Once emergency services have been notified you can check to see if the person is conscious and breathing.

If they are you can provide support until help arrives.

If the person is not responsive you should not move them from the scene.

What information should you give to the 911 operator?

When you call 911 you should give the operator the following information: the location of the accident whether the person is conscious and breathing and what type of injuries the person has.

Should you move the person who was hit by the car?

No you should not move the person.

It is important to keep the person in the same position they were in when you found them.

How can you support the person’s head and neck?

You can support the person’s head and neck by gently cradling it in your hands.

The person is not responsive and not breathing.

What should you do?

If the person is not responsive and not breathing you should begin CPR.

How often should you perform chest compressions during CPR?

You should perform chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute.

How often should you give rescue breaths during CPR?

You should give rescue breaths at a ratio of 30 compressions to 2 breaths.

After you have given 30 chest compressions what should you do next?

After you have given 30 chest compressions you should give 2 rescue breaths.

What should you do if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available?

You should attach the AED to the person and follow the instructions.

The person begins to regain consciousness.

What should you do?

Once the person begins to regain consciousness you should continue to monitor them until emergency services arrive.

The person is responsive and breathing.

What should you do?

If the person is responsive and breathing you should monitor them until emergency services arrive.

What should you do if the person vomits?

If the person vomits you should turn their head to the side to prevent them from choking.

What should you do if the person bleeds from the nose or mouth?

If the person bleeds from the nose or mouth you should use a clean cloth to apply pressure to the wound.

What should you do if the person has a seizure?

If the person has a seizure you should clear the area around them and protect their head from injury.

What should you do if the person goes into shock?

If the person goes into shock you should lay them down and raise their legs above heart level.

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