CRASH Card is a scheme in which motorcyclists place a card inside their crash helmet as a medic alert. The details the rider has written on the card provide vital information for attending ambulance crews if the motorcyclist is injured in a road traffic collision – saving valuable time and helping treatment, especially if the rider is either unconscious or unable to communicate.
This scheme, launched in 2009, was created by the committee of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club, a group of experienced Paramedics and ambulance staff who are passionate about motorcycling.
With support and backing from Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS), Gloucestershire Road Safety Team and other partners, including Gloucestershire Police, a local launch took place at the Lower Lode Inn, Forthampton on Wednesday 1st June 2010.
Pc Simon Ross, Traffic Police said,
“By carrying the CRASH card within your helmet and affixing the green dot to the right side of it, we will know that the next of kin details (name / phone number) will be available to us, so that we can if necessary, contact the rider or pillion’s loved ones should they be required in the event of an incident”.
The CRASH card is accompanied by an explanatory letter which contains a self adhesive green dot. The letter explains that riders should affix the dot to the right hand side of their helmet to help alert the attending medical staff to the presence of the card. The letter also shows how to fill out the card and explains that only trained professionals should remove an injured rider’s crash helmet.