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Would You Stop if You Saw an Accident?

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Looking at the question in the headline, I don’t think that the answer is necessarily cut and dry. If you happened to witness an accident (but weren’t involved), there are valid reasons for both stopping and not stopping.

Obviously, if someone is injured, you have first aid skills, and you could help someone who’s life is in danger, stopping to help is a good idea.

But, getting involved could also lead to problems down the road.

I have a friend who witnessed an accident and stopped to help, made sure everyone was ok, and waited while the police arrived. My friend is now involved in the lawsuit that one driver filed against the other.

This has been going on for almost two years now.

As terrible as it may sound to say, sometimes not getting involved is better than stopping to see what’s going on.

I would absolutely call 911. While we can debate all day long whether stopping is the right thing to do or not, I think that we can all agree that calling to report the accident immediately is the right thing to do.

Unfortunately, with the way that lawsuits are filed these days, and if you end up actually hurting someone if you don’t know how to properly administer CPR for example, stopping and getting involved could actually cause yourself huge problems that could follow you for years.

So what are your thoughts? Would you stop and help? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

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