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Ride Safe and Stay Healthy!
By Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT – AKA Spitfire
Willful Ignorance is a term used to describe a situation where a business, person or persons make a conscious choice based on their belief that “What I don’t know can’t hurt me”. Remaining ignorant about a topic with the false illusion that by doing so, they cannot be held responsible for the consequences of their intentional ignorance is inaccurate and could be costly.
Let’s examine several situations:
1. Your loved one just got hurt while test riding a motorcycle. They were riding a bike that was unfamiliar to them and they did not brake properly. The tour guide was told not to touch any rider who might be injured due to concerns about liability so while your loved one was laying on the hot pavement which caused serious burns requiring skin grafts, the person trying to sell you a new motorcycle called 911 and did nothing to help.
2. In another situation, let’s imagine that you are a new rider learning how to ride a motorcycle for the first time. You paid for a class where you are excited about learning to ride! During the class, you happened to release the clutch too quickly, accelerating faster than expected. You panicked and as you grabbed the front brake you squeezed hard and were thrown over the handlebars. Your rider coach stopped the class and came to your aid. Your leg appeared to be broken just above the ankle and you were in great pain. It was a hot day and you were nauseated from the heat and pain. You wanted to take your full-faced helmet off but your coach told you to keep the helmet on. The heat from the pavement is burning right through your jeans. The coach put a cold pack on your ankle and called 911. You began throwing up inside of your full-faced helmet and think you are going to pass out as you are choking on your own vomit. You wonder if anyone will help you or if you will die before the ambulance arrives. You removed the helmet despite your rider coaches advice. Later you contact the course coordinator to explain what happed and how you felt and were told that the rider coach did everything right. You wondered what would have happened if you had left that helmet on? Was the reaction of the rider coach correct?
3. A friend of yours took a guided tour of America with a reputable company. This was his dream of a lifetime. He saved money for years to be able to do this. He is posting his adventures each day and you wish you could have gone with him. One day as you check his blog to see what his daily experience had been, you see a dreaded note: your friend was seriously injured when he went off of a curve on a steep mountain pass. When the tour guide got to him, he was not breathing. CPR was performed by tipping his head back and pressing on his chest but he did not survive. It took the ambulance 45 minutes to get to your friend. You are in shock. Could something more have been done?
4. You belong to a motorcycle group. They have asked for volunteers to help plan group rides and facilitate events. They gave you the title “Road Captain” which means that you receive a patch and a vest to wear so the group knows that you are there to help out. You are honored to be part of this special group. You went to get specialized training but were told during training that if someone gets hurt you are not to touch them and should just call 911. The trainer is concerned about liability for the group as a whole and more importantly the motorcycle brand or dealership that sponsors your group. You don’t want to risk possible liability but you take this responsibility seriously and you would want to help someone if they were hurt. After all, isn’t that why you are asked to ride in the back of the pack as a “sweep”? Doesn’t the Good Samaritan Law cover you if you help someone or is it true that you can be held liable for a person’s injuries once you touch him or her?
These are all valid situations and concerns but the actions and reactions could be improved in ways that could reduce injuries and even death. Specialized Motorcycle Trauma Training is available through an accredited program called “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist”. Why is specialized training important? Basic First Aid is helpful but does not typically deal with serious traumatic injury. It rarely addresses roadside safety concerns or how to make important decisions about whether you can leave a person where they landed or if they need to be moved to safety. Can they move themselves or are is it true that you “never” move a trauma victim, even when they are in harms way or leaving them where they landed might result in even greater injury? What if the motorcyclist lands in a place or position they cannot be left in? What if the person is under the bike? How do you get the bike safely off of them if they are injured? How do you address the helmet if it i
Allan & Jess are EMTs and Nevada State Certified Motorcycle Safety Instructors