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If you saw a car crash would you stop to check people we're okay?

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m0therofdragons Mon 18-Dec-17 22:05:08

The reason I ask is because I was in an accident today. 2 cars involved and luckily I was on my own so no dc. I was very shaken and I'm rather sore, bruised and achey but I'll survive and dh is being lovely.

But, it was a main road with a 30mph limit. The people in the two houses directly by the crash came out of their houses, got in their cars and drove off (school pick up time I guess). Not one person stopped to check on me or the other driver. So much for Christmas spirit and caring for each other. I can't imagine doing the same if I saw a crash.

m0therofdragons Mon 18-Dec-17 22:05:55

Were not we're - I do know the difference 😩

MozzchopsThirty Mon 18-Dec-17 22:07:26

I always do, but I'm a nurse so it's part of my code of conduct

Bloodybridget Mon 18-Dec-17 22:08:20

Yes of course I would, unless there were people there to help already. Pretty awful that you were ignored. Hope you have a good night's sleep and get back to normal soon.

Kursk Mon 18-Dec-17 22:08:41

Depends on the situation. Would it be safe for me to stop, are there already people helping? Do people appear injured?

specialsubject Mon 18-Dec-17 22:08:41

You crashed outside their houses and they just carried on as normal??

Jaw- dropping. Hope you are OK.

BringOnTheScience Mon 18-Dec-17 22:09:01

I'm a trained first aider so I would stop (and have stopped) if it looked like I could be useful.

honeysucklejasmine Mon 18-Dec-17 22:09:29

Yes, I am first aid trained so would see if I could help. However, I would have to be aware of my children and their safety (are they awake? Can I park somewhere safe?) as they are both under 2 so may become distressed if left unattended for a long period.

IdaBlankenship Mon 18-Dec-17 22:09:30

I was involved in a serious collision, myself & the other driver were trapped in our very smashed up cars with serious injuries. People tried to drive around the accident. It took one passerby who came by about 5 minutes later to stop traffic to get someone to phone the police. Twats.

Smeaton Mon 18-Dec-17 22:09:39

I would if it were safe to do so and I wasn't causing obstruction for emergency services.

The people from the houses may have been wrapped up in their own stuff to realise what was going in. How bad was the crash? If younwere both out the car and talking etc I'd imagine it wasn't that bad.

nancy75 Mon 18-Dec-17 22:10:01

If I could stop safely & you looked like you needed help then yes. I once saw a cyclist knocked off his bike on a very busy London road, I stopped ( the car that hit him didn’t) I only avoided both of us being run over by parking my car at a diagonal so that people had to drive round rather than over us. Fortunately the guy was ok but I was shocked at how people just carried on driving.

Doobydoo Mon 18-Dec-17 22:10:10

Nurse here too. But;as a human, I would stop as well!

SantanicoPandemonium Mon 18-Dec-17 22:11:01

Always unless my stopping would cause a more dangerous hazard. I had a car crash a few years ago and not only did loads of people stop to help, but some folk came out of one the flats nearby with cups of tea - I've always remembered how nice everyone was!
I'm sorry the people you saw were dicks. Hope you're feeling better soon flowers

ipswichwitch Mon 18-Dec-17 22:11:09

I would and have done so

Scrowy Mon 18-Dec-17 22:11:36

I would (and have) if it was safe to do so and it didn’t look like anyone else already had and that someone needed assistance. The time I got involved a young woman had rolled her car on some black ice very early in the morning (5.30am) and I was first on the scene, and although she was physically fine she was in shock and was struggling to get herself out of the car and switch the engine off.

If it looked like it was being dealt with, everyone was out fine and was essentially a low level 2 car crash then no I wouldn’t go over to interfere in the two parties swapping insurance details.

Maria1982 Mon 18-Dec-17 22:11:48

I would (and have in the past) stop, call police/ambulance, and ask if you were alright (not first aid trained though so of limited use)

Jellybean85 Mon 18-Dec-17 22:12:00

Depends on the severity,
If you were both out walking around talking and exchanging details etc I would leave you to it!
If someone seemed hurt or there was agression or something I would call for help, and help if it was safe to do so.

NoqontroI Mon 18-Dec-17 22:13:05

Yes of course, unless there were already people helping.

ZerbaPadnaTigre Mon 18-Dec-17 22:14:15

Nope because there's absolutely no way that I could help and I generally think getting out of the way is more useful than stopping to pretend to be helpful.

trilbydoll Mon 18-Dec-17 22:14:44

Not if you were both out of the car swapping details, I'd assume I'd just get in the way. Similarly if people were already there. I've stopped before when I saw an accident because I was a witness, and one party drove off, so I gave the other guy my details.

expatinscotland Mon 18-Dec-17 22:14:46

If it's safe to, yes.

MissEliza Mon 18-Dec-17 22:14:46

I wonder if people were afraid of looking nosey? I'd like to think I'd help but at the same time I'd be afraid of looking like I was sticking my nose in. Of course that would depend on the severity of the accident

RickOShay Mon 18-Dec-17 22:17:08

Yes I would and I have. Dd was in the car with me and stayed there while i went to check. Luckily he was fine.

LolitaLempicka Mon 18-Dec-17 22:17:08

Probably not a low speed crash on a main/residential street. I was behind a car that flipped on the motorway once, so of course I stopped then.

MaitlandGirl Mon 18-Dec-17 22:18:38

I’ve always stopped if it’s safe to do so and I think my assistance or first aid training might be needed.

We live in a very rural area with limited mobile coverage and I’ve got a two-way radio in the car so have had to contact the emergency services a few times that way. I’ve also got a winch on my vehicle so have pulled a few cars out of ditches to save the drivers calling out the breakdown truck.

I’ve noticed when we lived in town hardly anyone stopped but we’re a