Woman Rescued by Good Samaritan after Car Accident in Woodlawn

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury,Tennessee Accident Law on November 19, 2015

Woman Rescued by Good Samaritan after Car Accident in Woodlawn

A two-car accident in Montgomery County led to a woman’s vehicle hanging above a creek on Wednesday, prompting a nearby Good Samaritan to rush to her aid and rescue her before she sustained serious injuries.

According to wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 5 p.m. on Blooming Grove Road in Woodlawn, Tennessee. The director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management told reporters that the accident caused the woman’s vehicle to rest with half on an embankment and the other half dangling over a creek.

A passerby noticed the woman’s vehicle and got out and tied a rope around her car and his truck to prevent it from falling into the creek. Soon after, emergency crews arrived at the scene and were able to pull the woman to safety from her vehicle.

The woman was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to receive treatment for injuries including broken bones, scratches, and bruises. However, she didn’t suffer any internal injuries in the accident, and after having surgery, her family says that she is expected to be okay.

Two other men were also in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but they were able to exit the vehicle before emergency responders arrived at the accident scene.

How Can You Help at an Accident Scene?

There’s a good chance you will come across the scene of a car accident at some point in your lifetime. When that happens, it’s important to be prepared to take action quickly, as your decisions could help save lives—especially when the driver or passengers of the vehicles involved in the accident were seriously injured.

To help out at an accident scene while also protecting your own safety, do your best to follow these tips:

  • Call 911 immediately.

Although there are certain things witnesses and people near the accident scene can do to help out directly, the most important thing is to call 911. Alerting emergency responders, including police, firefighters, and paramedics gives victims a much higher chance of survival or suffering minimal injuries. As soon as you see an accident occur or arrive at the scene of an accident, pull your vehicle over in a safe location and dial 911, then stay on the line until paramedics arrive.

  • Provide the emergency dispatcher with information about the accident location.

When you call 911, it’s important to provide as much information as possible to the emergency dispatcher. That means things like the road where the accident occurred, the mile marker if it occurred on an interstate, nearby landmarks or exits, and the lane the affected vehicles are in. The more information you provide, the faster emergency vehicles can arrive at the accident scene.

  • Apply first aid if you are trained to do so.

In most cases, it is best to wait for trained paramedics and EMTs to administer first aid. However, if you are trained to provide first aid, using tourniquets to stop bleeding and helping victims out of situations where they are trapped or pinned by the wreckage of their vehicles can reduce their risks until trained medical staff arrive.

In most cases, emergency medical responders will arrive at the accident scene within minutes, making it unnecessary for you to leave your vehicle. However, if you do leave your vehicle to check on the victims, make sure you’re pulled over in a safe location and don’t have to cross multiple lanes of traffic to reach the accident scene.

At Matt Hardin Law, our Clarksville auto accident attorneys know that Good Samaritans can mean the difference life and death for many car crash victims—especially when they call for help right away. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, we want to speak with you today. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form.