Archive for October 6th, 2010

As fall approaches, so does some of the BEST riding and time to contemplate some MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

As fall is upon us, we find ourselves compelled to ride out and see the beautiful fall colors, smell the fresh clean air, and enjoy a less crowded roadway. Some of my favorite riding is done this time of year as the Sierra passes change from verdant green to orange, ocher and umber and the air has that cool crispness that exhilarates my entire being. I love the open highways less filled with urgent drivers trying to make time going to or from somewhere. This is a time for riding out frustration and riding in some new awareness. It’s also time to review some highway safety, think about next season of spring riding when the roads are filled with new riders, apathetic riders and some totally unaware riders that have no business on a motorbike at any time of year! In thinking about this, I’d like to review some motorcycle emergency accident scene management and some rider first aid.

ACCIDENT SCENE MANAGEMENT is when a person steps in, with a calm demeanor and clear head and takes command of an accident scene. In a motorcycle crash it is imperative that the scene is controlled, the victim attended, and emergency personal called. Classes for awareness are offered by Accident Scene Management. org as well as other local organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Here are the main things to keep in mind when you come upon a motorcycle accident:

The first hour of trauma is termed the “Golden Hour” by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Trauma victims have the best survival chance if they are in surgery within one hour after the accident. Qualified medical personnel are really the people who should be handling everything, but until they arrive there are things that we, untrained motorcyclists, can do to help the medical professionals before they arrive.