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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SCENE MANAGEMENT

The Bystander Assistance Program put on by Vickie Sanfelipo of Accident Scene Management.

Text and Photos by Rogue
5/15/2014


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It is not something that most people want to talk about and motorcycle media is often reluctant to report on. The reason basically is that it brings attention to a part of our lifestyle that none of us want to visit and it is also not good for motorcycle sales. But reality is there are all kinds of crashes, collisions and accidents that involve motorcycles. There are steps and programs that are attempting to resolve this through awareness, motorcycle rider education and other means but a fact of life is that it is still happening and has to be addressed.
 
Chest Compressions for when the heart stops - not recommended for trauma
Chest Compressions for when the heart stops - not recommended for trauma

The Class
The Class

 
Just for the record, yes I have been involved personally in motorcycle crashes and collisions as well as other things in life that involve trauma and ended up with me requiring medical attention and also hospital care. I have also been at to many other scenes and in many cases though I helped the victims I felt I should be doing more. The thing was to keep that person alive until the people that are trained in this field got there to take over. In my case so far it has worked and no one died, but that does not make me stop being concerned that someday I might not have the training I need to do so. That led me to take a course to improve my knowledge. Yes I will still need the help of people with more experience and training but I also have raised my knowledge and experience level so I feel that I will be better able to keep helping an injured person until that help arrives.
 
How to safely move an injured person.
How to safely move an injured person.

How to safely move a person #2
How to safely move a person #2

How to safely move a person #3
How to safely move a person #3

 
 
I chose the Bystander Assistance Program put on by Vickie Sanfelipo of Accident Scene Management based out of Big Bend Wisconsin. There were numerous reasons why I chose this course. First and most Important I feel it is the best in the country, besides that I have known Vickie for a long time and followed this program and what they were doing and teaching and have seen it make a difference. I had previously been at some of the courses while they were being taught and knew just enough that when the time was right I would take the complete course. I was also allowed to sit in on the instructor course even though I personally did not take it. The reason I did not take it was I did not have the required medical background.  There are now 140 instructors around the world and 6 in Florida. Some of the 6 instructors in Florida are already teaching the programs and the new ones are putting together the supplies they need to put on classes. This is definitely a good thing for Florida and also riders everywhere as many of these people ride all over the country and will be able to help injured people no matter where they are.
 
How to safely remove a full face helmet.
How to safely remove a full face helmet.

Jaw thrust - part of what to do to help a person breathe.
Jaw thrust - part of what to do to help a person breathe.

Rogue posing as a crash victim.
Rogue posing as a crash victim.

Rogue posing as crash victim #2
Rogue posing as crash victim #2

Rogue posing as crash victim - Fuck you car driver, I am still alive!
Rogue posing as crash victim - Fuck you car driver, I am still alive!

 
 
That opportunity for me to take the class came on May 2nd to 5th 2014 in Boca Raton Florida. The course was hosted by attorney Bobbie Celler of Celler Law in Boca Raton who supplied part of his office building for the classes to be held in and also paid for part of the fee for those taking the course. It turns out Bobby rides and has a previous motorcycle crash and that has led him to start the law firm and him continuing to help injured motorcyclist.
 
Dianne - new Florida Instructor
Dianne - new Florida Instructor

Dianne - removing helmet from crash victim.
Dianne - removing helmet from crash victim.

Vickie Sanfelipo
Vickie Sanfelipo

Vickie Sanfelipo - teaching class
Vickie Sanfelipo - teaching class

 
This course is designed to help motorcycle riders because of some of the specific situations that apply to them but basically it can be used in other types of trauma as well.
 
Click for website
Click for website

 
For more information on Accident Scene Management go to www.roadguardians.org 
 
ASMI – What It Is
Accident Scene Management, Incorporated (ASMI) is the leading international motorcycle trauma training association. We teach bystanders and EMTs what to do in order to prevent injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists.
 
The purpose of the Bystander Assistance Programs are to enhance the survival rate and reduce severity of injuries for the injured riders of all motorized vehicles. We expect to decrease the chance of rescuer injury due to inappropriate actions at the accident scene. We also expect to educate motorists how to protect themselves legally and financially should an accident occur.
 
Goals and Objectives
The program is directed toward the assessment and treatment of the injured as well as how to safely administer care. We teach scene management and the legal aspects of an accident.
 
Vickie Sanfelipo
Vickie Sanfelipo

 
Vickie Sanfelipo - I am very concerned about motorcyclists. I've been riding for well over 20 years and used to be able to enjoy the ride without knowing how vulnerable I was. I am not talking about protective gear or the fact that we are not surrounded by metal. I'm talking about what happens in the event we go down. Bikers are at much higher risk of dying in the event of a crash. I believe that something can be done to improve our outcome and it isn't solved by mandatory helmets.
 
You can also follow ASMI on Facebook
 
 
Click for website
Click for website

 
For information on Celler Law go to www.CellerLaw.com
 
Our Florida personal injury law firm in Boca Raton represents injury Clients in some of the largest Personal Injury cases in the state of Florida. Our personal injury attorneys represent clients against insurance companies who insure parties that cause injury to our Florida Clients. These type of at-fault parties can include drivers, business owners, private and public transportation or governments. We ensure that our Clients have adequate legal representation against the people or business that caused them harm. At Celler Law, P.A. our personal injury attorneys do not believe that most people intend on injuring our Clients, but we do believe we have an obligation to hold them accountable for their actions. 
 
 

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Reader Comments


I too am a graduate of Advanced Accident Scene Management. This article is very well written, and accurately describes how it is far advanced as compared to most first aid courses.

It is an excellent training program, and deals with many issues related to assuring the scene is safely managed to assure minimizing any additional risk to the victim(s), and first responders.

Well done. And, I highly recommend all riders take this course.

Bob Cuculich
Littleton, CO
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Would like to review course and promote it on help2ride.

How does it compare to Senior First Aid, and does it cover considerations of vicarious liability in terms of negligence?

Mark Martin
Eden Hill, WA, Australia
Friday, May 30, 2014
Editor Response Interesting questions. Drop Vickie a note, and I'm sure she will respond.
vsanfelipo@gmail.com
--Bandit
Very interesting article and the idea is fantastic. To teach fellow riders or just a witness to bad bike wreck that they can do more than trying to keep the injured from moving.

These classes need to be available all over the country. I know I'm very interested in taking a course like this. If there is anything I can do to help get the word out about the classes and what good they are to all riders.

Good luck & GodSpeed


Danny Seybold
Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Editor Response Bikernet has always supported Vicky's efforts. You're right, we need to spread the word more.
--Bandit

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