Good Samaritan Laws: A Comparative Study Of Laws That Protect First Responders Who Assist Accident Victims

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:20 PM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dechert LLP, Intel Corporation, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal LLP
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India has the highest number of road accidents deaths in the world - almost 140,000 in 2012 alone. On average, 15 people die and 60 are seriously injured every hour in road accidents in India. According to the Law Commission of India, 50% of fatalities could be averted if victims receive timely medical attention. This translates to 70,000 lives that could be saved.

This research report was produced for SaveLIFE Foundation for their use in drafting model Good Samaritan legislation for India. It provides an overview of Good Samaritan laws in England and Wales, France, the People’s Republic of China and the United States. Good Samaritan laws protect persons who choose to assist others who are injured.