Auto accidents are a very common occurrence in this day and age. They claim more lives than any other type of domestic accident. So it is more than likely that every one of us will be involved in an accident in some way or form in the future. Whether as the one hit, or a bystander, it is important to know what to do to help those injured in any type of accident scenario.
The best thing to do would be to, of course, learn first aid. This will give you a good understanding of many basic medical procedures and devices you may need to use, like an Automated External Defibrillator, until paramedics arrive. These techniques can absolutely save lives and should be learned by all.
But if you don’t know first aid, there are still things that you can do. For starters, if the victim is not conscious and there is smoke or fire coming from the car, you need to get them out of there and to safety. If there is heavy bleeding, applying pressure to the wound is imperative to stop the person from bleeding out.
But there are also other aspects to this. The victim may be very distraught and simply being there to let them talk or explain what is happening can be quite beneficial. If the person panics, that can actually make bleeding worse, so keeping the patient calm is a must (it is also bad for the heart to stress out). Stay with them until the paramedics come and put them on a stretcher. They can take it from there afterwards.
If you witnessed the accident, then stick around to give your testimony to the authorities. This can ensure that those at fault get corrected and the innocent are protected.