Good Samaritan Law : 4 years and still unknown to citizens

It is still very scary to watch an accident and worst is someone getting directly or indirectly affected and devastated by the Road accidents. This may be thing that no one welcomes but still we usually become the part of such accidents unknowingly. Not in criminal manner but as a audience, sometimes feeling sad for accident and sometimes fighting with our daily yet big problems. We try to help in some way we can still down the memory we all feel that stay away from these police cases. We might hear such words from anyone as its very disgraceful yet so common that we never even give this a shot in such perspectives. There are some brief statistics given below of accidents in India and everything related to that stats.

In 2012, SaveLIFE Foundation had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India, requesting the Hon’ble court to safeguard Good Samaritans who come forward to help the injured.

On March 30, 2016, the Supreme Court of India gave “force of law” to the guidelines for the protection of Good Samaritans issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The purpose of a Good Samaritan law is to provide legal protection to bystanders who come to the aid and rescue of victims of road crashes.

The current annual death toll on Indian roads is over 1,50,000

Over 80,000 lives can be potentially saved if bystanders come forward to help.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in the absence of established emergency medical services, bystanders can play a game changing role in saving lives. They can call for help, provide first-aid to the injured and even rush them to the nearest hospital, if an ambulance does not arrive in time.

Following is the government issued and verified definition and illustration of Good Samaritans Law. All the content and definitions below are purely correct and given by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways under jointly with Indian Govt.

Who is Good Samaritan?

A Good Samaritan is a person who, in good faith, without expectation of payment or reward and without any duty of care or special relationship, voluntarily comes forward to administer immediate assistance or emergency care to a person injured in an accident, or crash, or emergency medical condition, or emergency situation.

What is Good Samaritan Law?

The Good Samaritan Law allows a person, without expectation of payment or reward and without any duty of care or special relationship, voluntarily come forward to administer immediate assistance or emergency care to a person injured in an accident, or crash, or emergency medical condition. Good Samaritan Law protects Good Samaritans from harassment on the actions being taken by them to save the life of the road accident victims.

Why the need for Good Samaritan law?

India is an unfortunate victim of a large number of road crash fatalities. Three out of four people in the country are hesitant to help injured accident victims on roads due to fear of police harassment, detention at hospitals, and prolonged legal formalities. Even if someone wants to help, these factors stop them from doing so.

How did India get a Good Samaritan Law?

In the last ten years, road crashes have killed over 13 lakh people in India. According to the Law Commission of India, 50% of these victims died of preventable injuries and could have been saved if they had received care on time. The role of the bystander is critical in providing emergency care to the victim. Yet, in India, bystanders have been hesitant to help the injured for fear of legal repercussions and procedural hassles. In 2012, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court of India, requesting the Hon’ble court to safeguard Good Samaritans who come forward to help the injured

Be a Good Samaritan

Road crashes claimed more than 200,000 lives in India alone and contributed to the economic loss of approximately 3% GDP. 17 people die every hour on Indian roads and around 4.07 LAC.

As per the reports, nearly 50 per cent of road fatalities would not have happened had medical attention been given within the first hour. Become a GOOD SAMARITAN and help us reduce this number.

 We take this pledge to save someone’s life and take it upon as our moral duty being a good citizen.

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