I was unconscious, and had bleeding on the brain

by ROAD iD Staff May 21, 2021

This Summer, I went out for a quick 25 mile ride and got broadsided by a car when I was about 12 miles away from home. I do not remember anything about the accident. According to the accident report I was taken to a local hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a few hours later I was transferred to a trauma unit at another hospital. Not only was I unconscious from the concussion, but I also had bleeding on the brain in two different locations, and I had lacerations all over my body - it was not a pretty picture.

According to a fireman I spoke with later, I was awake when the paramedics arrived and was able to point them to my iPhone—the Lock Screen image on it is one I made using the Road ID app and it had the phone number for my wife on it. The fireman said I also was adamant that they look at the Road ID dog tag I had around my neck, it was the Interactive ID and I told him that all of my medical information was available there. He said that in the middle of our conversation I blacked out, but he made note of the Road ID and made sure the paramedics told the people in the Emergency Room about it.

I know the folks in the ER used it, because they had my medical history on their charts, along with my allergies, current medications and insurance information. No one ever asked my wife about any of this. And this information was forwarded to the second hospital as well. Since I live in Illinois and was out of state at the time of the accident I am not sure what would have happened if I didn't have Road ID - it is the only piece of identification I carry with me on my rides!

- John .S from Zion, IL