Being Accident Witness..

As I came out of home yesterday and walked towards the main road to catch my bus to work in the morning, I was witness to an unfortunate accident where a biker crashed into a lady. Both of them were in the ground next moment, but the biker was back on his feet quickly. What I want to talk about is the excellent post-trauma support from people around.

As soon as it happened, I stood where I was for a couple of seconds before I rushed in. The lady was on the ground and soon a couple of people picked her up. She was injured and it looked like she needed help. I thought of rushing home(which was hardly a minute away) to get my car and take her to some medical help, but I did not have to bother. An auto driver had already stopped for her. She was carefully lifted and carried to the auto. In the meanwhile, I moved the bike away and cleared the road. Along with a good volunteer, the biker escorted the lady to the hospital and everything looked like normal in next 2 minutes. No one was blamed, no arguments were exchanged or no one wasted anytime and the necessary action was taken swiftly.

It was an unfortunate accident, but I really admired the way people worked after it happened.

8 Comments so far

  1. Kishor (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 5:39 pm

    Goes on to prove not all is bad in Bengaluru. Sadly, positive incidents like these are not highlighted!

  2. Karthik C (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:46 am

    nice to see such positiveness :-)

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    A cool feel-good story Arun. And these are not that rare though. All said and done, Bengalooru is still a warm and friendly place.

  4. briju prasad (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

    Nice to see the enthusiasm in people to help,but it is also very important to remember that an accident of the likes you mentioned will leave behind some serious spinal injuries and movement of the limbs and body is not really advisible until done by a trained paramedic/health professional….many a times the accidents are minor and immediate help/first aid will help but i believe for any injury a proper set protocol should be followed……for a start… make sure you help the accident victim,call the ambulance,do the life saving procedures ie CPR…but please do not move the limbs as much as possible…..and also make the place safe for other people on the roads as the traffic is still on……you dont want to paralise the person post trauma when you could have waited for the ambulance and followed all the procedures.

  5. rubic_cube (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:21 am

    Say, this is more like a one-off incident. I have seen one too many such incidents where the need of the moment is the last thing on the minds of the people involved and not involved also. But this story should set an example. Even if no one was hurt, and if there was material damage to vehicles, people involved in the accident should only engage in a dialogue. Others should keep off.

  6. Sridhar (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 9:30 am


    I have a question unrelated to this blog post:

    Is there a contact person phone number where I can complain about auto drivers in Basavanagar demanding money at their fancy and not agreeing to turn on their meters (in the day time)?

  7. WebPrashy (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    This is again unrelated to the topic posted but continuing what SRIDHAR has said about. Perhaps, the best thing is to report these errant auto drivers to the police or the Auto Rickshaw Drivers Union (ARDU) and ask them to take further action. If any action is taken or if things get better is a matter of another debate!!
    Anyway, on a larger picture, I had been recently to Pune to visit my friend who had an interesting insight about Auto-wallas. Apparently, a similar situation about them extorting more money or not engaging the meter exists. He said that they were not so notorious as such but since the “recent 2-5 years”, they have turned so.
    Ask any Bangalorean, he would perhaps say the same about the rickshaw guys here. Perhaps, I should attribute the reason to the many MNC’s and software firms that operate from both these cities, which naturally attracts people from across the country. Naturally, the local language is a barrier for people new to the city and safely assuming that the Auto-wallas are localites, their ‘fleece-the-outsider-gene’ kicks. The hapless guy pays up and sooner or later this becomes the autowallah’s prerogative to expect the same from all his customers.
    Perhaps, the only way to get rid of this problem is for the ‘outsiders’ to let a little conversant with the local language and alongwith a little help from the police / ARDU could help the rickshaw-wallas to clean up their image.
    Strange, that such things seldom happens in a city like Mumbai…perhaps due to the better local public transport options available.

  8. Arun (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    Sridhra, you can call 100 and complain with the auto number and driver details.

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