Rule 7.3.2 Accident Procedures

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Medical Personnel Avaliable

If an accident does occur and medical personnel are in attendance at that practice session or race, they should be dispatched to the scene of that accident as quickly as possible. In this case they will have the responsibility of determining the condition of any victims and of providing any needed first aid. If no medical personnel are immediately available, the responsibility of aiding any accident victims will be borne by either the Carnegie Mellon University Campus Police or the City of Pittsburgh Police who are in attendance.

In the event of a collision where EMS is present, the members of the sponsoring buggy’s organization will cooperate fully with the EMS and allow the medical staff access to the driver. Generally, EMS personnel will seek to communicate briefly with the driver to determine the condition of that driver. If any member of that organization hinders, or allows an alumni to hinder access to the driver by EMS personnel, that organization may be entirely disqualified from that year’s races, at the collective discretion of the Sweepstakes Chairman, Assistant Sweepstakes Chairman, and Saftey chairman.

Medical Personnel Unavailable

If no medical personnel are immediately available, the Safety Chairman and/or Sweepstakes Chairman shall be dispatched to the scene of the collision. Once at the scene the Safety Chairman and/or Sweepstakes Chairman will determine the proper course of action. After looking for any sign of apparent or suspected injury, they will determine if the driver should be removed from the buggy and whether medical assistance should be dispatched. Common factors in making this determination include but are not limited to: speed at the time of collision, disruption of barriers, and witness testimony.

Before any assistance arrives at the scene of an accident, common sense should be observed. The victim should not be moved or disturbed in any way unless there is some other danger in not doing so. If a buggy is involved in an accident and comes to rest in a position where it may be impacted by another buggy that is freerolling behind it, that buggy should be immediately moved, as quickly and as gently as possible, to a position of safety. If a buggy needs to be immediately moved from a dangerous position after an accident, ANYONE near it may do so, even if they are not members of that buggy’s sponsoring organization.

In the event of a collision the buggy and its driver should not be moved or disturbed until available assistance arrives and assesses the situation. In general, a buggy driver should not be removed from a buggy until a responsible authority advises that it is wise to do so. In ABSOLUTELY NO CASE should an unconscious driver be removed from a buggy without the supervision of medical personnel, nor should the drivers helmet be removed.

Buggy Procedures after an Accident

Any buggy involved in an accident should not be moved or tampered with in any manner unrelated to rendering medical assistance to the driver. Once the driver is safe, free, and clear of the buggy a blanket may be placed over the buggy for protection. However, the buggy may not be removed from the scene or otherwise tampered with until after an appropriate assessment of the buggy can be made. Only once permission is explicitly granted by the Safety Chairman, Chairman, or Advisor may the buggy be removed for any purpose not medically related. Inappropriate removal of the buggy will result in an immediate spot safety failure, at the discretion of the Safety Chairman, Chairman, and Advisor. Any movement and modification necessary to the rendering of medical assistance must be permitted.

Additionally, organizations and witnesses should cooperate with the Safety Chairman’s documentation of the collision for Sweepstakes and University Records.

Accident Safety Measures

Organizations are encouraged to position people near the chute portion of the buggy course during freeroll practices so that someone will be available to provide any needed assistance in the event that one of their buggies is involved in an accident.

Organizations are also encouraged to keep blankets in their follow cars to keep their drivers warm or cover their buggies when the driver is sufficiently warm.