Wednesday, February 21

A 23-year-old man was injured after leaving the road and overturning in Peraleda de la Mata

The vehicle has been left leaning on the roof off the road. / TODAY

Event in Extremadura

The victim was transferred polytraumatized to the Campo Arañuelo Hospital

Ruben Bonilla

A 23-year-old man has been seriously injured after a traffic accident last morning near the Cáceres municipality of Peraleda de la Mata. The event took place around 5:30 am this Saturday when the vehicle in which the victim was traveling left the road at kilometer point 64 of the EX-118, according to data provided by 112 Extremadura.

Sources consulted by TODAY indicate that the vehicle left the road on the right bank and the vehicle rested on the roof outside in the gutter.

After the overturn, the driver who was traveling alone has been trapped inside the vehicle. When the Navalmoral de la Mata firefighters arrived, the wounded man had already left the tourist car helped by the toilets of a medicalized ambulance of the SES who attended the victim and, later, transferred him to the Arañuelo Field Hospital.

The first assessment of the health personnel was that the young man had suffered serious polytrauma and this morning the SES has indicated that he was treated at the hospital for bruises on one shoulder and a minor head injury and has already been discharged.

A road emergency team and agents of the Civil Traffic Guard also traveled to the scene of the accident, who carried out the report and investigated the causes of the accident.

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How to act in an accident

The Penal Code establishes as “mandatory” to attend to people who need help. In addition, the Traffic Law of the DGT considers the omission of relief to be “very serious”. In any case, it is very likely that nerves will make us make mistakes, and even forget what steps we have to follow to care for those affected.


1. Park your vehicle in a safe place, if possible before the accident and off the road where it does not get in the way or cause new traffic accidents. The first step is to protect both yourself and the victims.

2. Turn off the vehicle, apply the parking brake and put on the hazard lights.

3. Before leaving the vehicle, put on the reflective vest.

4. Take the warning triangles and signal the traffic accident; if it is two-way, 50 meters in both directions and if it is one way, such as motorways, the first 50 meters and the other, if necessary, 150 meters minimum.

5. Remove the ignition keys from the accident car and apply the parking brake, if the circumstances make it possible.

6. Avoid possible sources of ignition, for example smoking near the accident site.

7. Do not change the state of the vehicles or the victims, unless this poses a danger to traffic or to the victims themselves.


The next step is to notify, if you witness a traffic accident you must be aware of the importance of being the first witness as an essential element to efficiently activate the emergency services. At European level there is an emergency telephone number, 112. Remember to notify the accident correctly and with as much information as possible about the place of the incident. You have to be brief and concise when transferring the data; on some occasions, due to the severity of the accident, the line may be overloaded. In that case you must call alternative telephone numbers.


The last step is to help, it is not enough to be supportive, it is necessary to know and apply a series of knowledge and techniques. A hasty action or not knowing the appropriate techniques could aggravate the condition of the victims and cause unrecoverable sequelae. If you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Before carrying out any rescue maneuver at the scene of the accident, it is considered necessary to carry out an assessment of your own safety and that of the injured. This way you can avoid being the rescued rescuer.

1. You can only help if you have basic knowledge of first aid.

2. In the event of the accident being a motorcyclist, do not remove the helmet.

3. Do not rescue people from unstable vehicles.

4. If any victim needs it, open the airway.

5. Compress bleeding wounds.

6. Do not move the victim if you do not know, except in situations of risk due to imminent fire or explosion.

7. Loosen clothing that constricts victims.

8. Protect victims from cold or heat.

9. Do not give victims anything to drink or eat.

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