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How to help people in car accidents and other emergencies

It can be frightening to see or be involved in an emergency incident. There are many possible emergency situations that may arise around Delaware, such as car accidents or farming equipment injuries. These situations may require immediate medical response, and those who have basic information about what to do will be better equipped to respond.

The first thing people should do when they come across the person who has been injured is assess the situation while remaining calm. A flustered person will not be able to appropriately respond to an emergency situation. Anyone responding to an emergency should make sure their own safety is secured first and should not do something reckless like running into the middle of traffic or toward an environmental hazard.

Calling 9-1-1 is the first thing that should be done in these circumstances. Learning how to administer hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be helpful should a need arise. Other training that would be useful to have would be an understanding of heart attack and stroke signs, wound-cleaning techniques, and how to find and use the nearest external defibrillator (AED).

A person should respond to an emergency in accordance with their medical training and while keeping their own health and well-being secure. When calling 9-1-1, it is important to provide as much detail as possible to the operator in order for the right help to be sent to the scene. Those who have been in Delaware car accidents should also be aware of the legal standards around compensation from insurance or at-fault drivers. A lawyer in the state will be able to support any such claims.

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