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The Good Samaritan: The Key Difference between Life and Death




Good Samaritan


Among the reasons for India’s unacceptably high rate of road accident fatalities is the inability to get timely medical treatment for victims. Official statistics put the number of people who died on the roads in 2015 at 1,46,000. It is reckoned that a larger percentage of them could have been saved had emergency medical treatment been provided immediately. In a report in 2006, the Law Commission estimated that 50 per cent of accident victims would have survived had they got medical attention within an hour. A major impediment to victims obtaining timely help is the fear among bystanders that they could be embroiled in a police investigation or be subjected to harassment due to the legal procedures involved if they chipped in to provide first-aid, ferry the injured to hospital or even call for medical or police assistance. This is why a ‘Good Samaritan’ legal protection is vital. Parliament has not enacted such a law, but thanks to the Supreme Court and a campaign by voluntary organisations, the Centre notified guidelines last year for the protection of those who help accident victims. In this project, the survey is carried out to check the behaviour of the stakeholders and to spread the awareness of the “Good Samaritan Law”. the objectives of this project is to acquainted the good Samaritan about their rights and to encourage the bye stander to help the victim.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV8I10517
Published in: Volume : 8, Issue : 1
Publication Date: 01/04/2020
Page(s): 1182-1184

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