Fort Worth, TX – The motorcycle safety program Rider Alert made its Texas debut the weekend of May 4–6, as thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts headed to Ft. Worth for the Texas State Harley Owner’s Group rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The Rider Alert program provides free identification data cards that will help first responders provide rapid and accurate medical assistance to riders involved in accidents.
“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 John Elder, MedStar’s clinical 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 is placed inside a rider’s helmets and contains vital, life-saving information, emergency contacts 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 indicates that the biker has the Rider Alert Card. The sticker also warns untrained responders not to remove the helmet, which could prevent further injury.
Matt Zavadsky of MedStar 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’ll be the first person to 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.”
The card is free and can be obtained at any Fort Worth Fire Station, MedStar’s headquarters and at most motorcycle dealerships throughout Fort Worth.