A friend of mine was in a car accident last week; she was hit from behind by a truck.  Now accidents are nerve-racking to begin with and I have to wonder if police officers should have a bit more basic medical training than they seem to have.  The reason I question this is because she was slurring, felt dizzy, and felt like she was going to throw up.  The police seemed to think that she may be impaired (even though the accident was definitely not her fault) and requested her to submit to alcohol and drug testing.  She had no problem submitting to their request.  However, if her friend had not shown up and requested that an ambulance be sent, the police would have sent her home.  She had to be given medication in the ambulance or she would have thrown up.  After having a Cat Scan at the hospital she was told that she had a concussion and whiplash.

The police report dismissed any probable medical problems that she had stating that she seemed to be nervous but otherwise okay.

Now, I do understand that it is the police officers job to make sure that drugs or alcohol are not involved in an accident but and this is a big but – they did not ask the other driver for a drug and alcohol test.  I would think that police officers, having been at many accident scenes, would recognize that an individual may be showing signs of a concussion if they are slurring their words, feeling faint, and feeling like they are going to be sick.  I also do not understand why they would not request that the individual who actually caused the accident would not also have to submit to drug and alcohol testing.

Last year another friend was in a bike accident and had serious injuries and the police officer took the individual home instead of calling for an ambulance.  The friend had a broken collar, severe and lasting scars on the face and had to call for an ambulance after being home for a few hours.

If her friend had not shown up she would have gone home and it would have probably been hours if not longer before she realized that she had been injured.  As it is, she has been sick for almost a week now.

I believe that police officers who are vital at an accident need more training on the signs of concussion.

Something seems to be amiss when police officers cannot make the call for an ambulance and assume the individual is okay when in reality they are not.  It seems to me that police officers are more concern about accident victims being intoxicated instead of being injured.

These two separate incidences just instill in me that if I am ever in an accident the first words out of my mouth will be “call an ambulance” because the police will not.

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