Lifeguard’s Skills Save Victim In Three-Car Crash
A trained lifeguard did not expect the streets of Hobe Sound would be where she rescued people until she stumbled upon a three-car crash after work. She credits her first-aid training for helping her to save one of the victims.
A 33-year old had driven his truck into an incoming cab causing a three vehicle crash in Hobe Sound, everyone in the crash had died except for the driver of the cab, a 23-year old man from Fort Pierce.
Seeing the scene, the 28-year old said her training kicked in automatically.
After seeing there was no immediate threat from fire or leaking fuel, she then jumped in to help one of the drivers who was in critical condition.
“There was a guy unconscious inside, so I just said to the people around me, I’m actually a lifeguard so I’ve got a lot of first-aid skills, I’m gonna jump in here and check this guy out.”
While there were a number of people around eager to help, she said it was important for people to be trained in what to do.
She said it would have been very easy for a good Samaritan to make an error like removing him from the vehicle before ambulances arrived.
“He was in pretty critical condition and there was no real danger of him being in the car, it was best to keep him still.”
It was also crucial to know what invisible dangers might exist too.
“The way he was lying, if he injured his neck, it’s really easy for a person’s airwayli to become blocked if they are unconscious.”
She credited her training for helping her to keep other people on the scene calm, too, and avoid any further problems arising from panic.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving three vehicles, which ultimately, resulted in injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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