Helping at the Scene of a Crash

There are times when the roads aren't so friendly.

"Two miles down the road we saw another accident where the car had completely flipped over. All the windows were out," said Lisa Stockard of Colorado Springs.

Stockard made it home safely when Colorado's drive got bad last week. As crashes and rollovers littered the roads Lisa even managed to help someone along the way.

"His car had gone off the embankment,” she said.

That’s when she picked up the phone.

"Your initial reaction is help someone, and if it's only to call 9-1-1 then do that," said Stockard.

State trooper Michael Carr says that's exactly what any driver should do when they get to an accident first.

"Never hesitate,” said Carr. "You don't know who's called it in, so never hesitate to call. We're around."

And a few other things to keep in mind:

If you see a crash and stop, stay visible. Start by turning on your hazard lights.

Check your watch. If there are injuries medical crews will likely ask how much time has passed since the crash.

Try to stop any bleeding, but don't move a person unless there's smoke or fire. And when authorities arrive, move away and let them work.

"If anything, call it in and if it seems okay, move along," said Carr.


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