Dave’s story: “I faced the incident and now I don’t fear anything”

Dave and Wendy Cox

You never know when you might need life-saving skills, as Dave Cox found out when he was faced with a motorway accident on his way home. Thanks to his first aid learning, he was able to step in and help.

Helping at the scene of a car accident

Dave and his wife Wendy were travelling home from a theatre rehearsal when they noticed brake lights coming on from the cars in front of them.

Dave saw that there was a car on its roof and another car embedded into the wall on the motorway.

"It was one of those situations where we thought, 'Should we carry on or should we get out and help?'" said Dave. "I said to my wife that we needed to do something."

Dave put his hazard lights on to warn the cars behind that there were something wrong. He called the emergency services and got out of his car to see if he could help, thinking to himself, 'What on earth am I going to find?'

"You have no idea what you're going to be faced with"

"As I was walking around the side of the car, I noticed a man was walking towards me," Dave said. "I asked him if he was in the car, to which he answered 'Yes'."

Dave took the man to a safe place on the embankment of the motorway and checked the car to make sure that there wasn't anybody else inside.

"I then went to make sure that my wife, who was with the passenger in the other car, was OK" Dave said. "The man in the passenger seat had hurt his legs. My wife was sitting in the car with him, reassuring him."

Dave went back to the passenger from the other car and reassured him the emergency services were on the way. He also checked that the man didn't have any further injuries.

After a few minutes the emergency services arrived. Dave handed over to the ambulance driver and then went back to sit with the passenger from the other car until another ambulance arrived five minutes later.

Luckily nobody was seriously injured and both passengers were taken to hospital.

How first aid builds the confidence to act

Having learned first aid, Dave had the confidence in his ability to help the people involved in the car accident.

He said: "When I approached the scene of the accident, I felt that I was facing my worst fears. I was thinking, 'What if I find somebody who is badly injured? What do I do?'. That's when the adrenaline kicked in and I realised that we had to help.

"My first aid skills aren't something I use every day, but they are something I'm confident I've got. I know that if I'm faced with a situation where first aid is required, I can help.

"Afterwards I was shaken up, but I faced the incident and now I don’t fear anything."

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