Rider Alert Safety Cards Available as Part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Fort Worth, TX — May 5, 2016 – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and to support victims and First Responders, MedStar and area First Response agencies are making Rider Alert safety cards available for all area motorcycle riders.
So far this year, MedStar has responded to 92 crashes involving motorcycles, 59 patients were taken to area hospitals, and 3 people have been killed.
Matt Zavadsky, MedStar’s Public Affairs Director, explains that this card is born out of experience; it has been designed by paramedics who have been on both sides of an accident as the injured rider or as medical help. “As an EMS provider and a motorcycle rider, I have the Rider Alert card and sticker on my helmet. Accessing this basic information after an ‘unscheduled dismount’ can sometimes be impossible. This small tool could mean the difference between life and death.”
“Many motorcycle crash victims are unconscious when responders arrive making it very difficult for EMS personnel to know the patient’s medical history or emergency contacts” explains Dr. Neal Richmond, MedStar’s Medical Director. “Another major concern for crash victims are untrained Good Samaritans attempting to remove the rider’s helmet, which can cause further injury.”
The Rider Alert card (www.RiderAlert.org) is placed inside a rider’s helmets and contains vital, life-saving information, emergency contact, and any important medical history. When first responders arrive on the scene of a motorcycle accident, a one-inch, sticker on the outside of the helmet will indicate that the biker has the Rider Alert Card. The sticker also warns untrained responders not to remove the helmet, which could prevent further injury.
The card is free and can be obtained at any Fire Station in the MedStar service area, MedStar’s headquarters, and at most motorcycle dealerships throughout Fort Worth.
Further information can be accessed via www.medstar911.org or www.rideralert.org
Posted on Thu, May 5, 2016
by Matt Zavadsky