Do you stop and look if there's an accident nearby?

Malaysia
January 21, 2009 7:31pm CST
Today I blogged about people being curious about road accidents. Most of us are willing to stop or slow down in the middle of the road just to look at what is happening. But we never realized that we are actually blocking the road and that might cause severe traffic jams, and even additional accidents if other drivers are not careful enough. And what's the point of looking at the accident anyway? Do you want to know how bad a car of that particular automaker can be damaged in such an accident? Or do you want to feel fortunate that you're not the one lying on the floor in a pool of blood? Or you merely want to look at the number plate so that you can go buy some lottery ticket? To be honest, I don't respect such people at all. I hate those who are so selfish that in order to feed their curiosity, they are willing to make everyone else waits. What do you think? Do you stop and look if there's an accident nearby? If yes, why?
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28 responses
• India
23 Jan 09
i will park my car ,in a way that it doesn't affect the traffic and will make call to nearby police station and call upon a ambulance.i stop there because of humanity and in the sense of helping them and feel nothing wrong in doing this.but i never stop my car for seeing the number plate ar the nature of the injury etc..happy myloting and have a nice day....
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Most of the accidents I've came across, already have ambulances and policemen helping. If there isn't, I will see if there's anyone helping. Because if there already are some people helping, no point for me to stop again and make things complicated.
@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
well i look but i dont slow down or stop to look. Its one of those things i guess, where you dont want to look but you cant look away. you want to see if its bad but you dont want to see anything gross, or anything sad. But to answer your question, no i dont stop, although i have a millino thoughts going on in my head whether or not i should stop n help when theres not really anyone out there on the road that time of day
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Same here. I wanted to look since I'm curious too, and I'm not afraid to see anything gross. But I've never looked or stopped because I don't want to bang another car. My responsibility as a driver is to keep me and my passengers safe. Just focus on what I'm supposed to do - drive safely.
• China
22 Jan 09
It is really a complicated question. It is perhaps common to see such scene in China. I hate those people who are curious about road accidents. In fact, those spectators are helpless to solve the problem. Now i still cannot understand the foolish actions.
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
If they can help, it's okay if they stop. But if they can't help, then the least they can help is to avoid making the traffic worse.
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Yes, I (look) but I do not stop unless it is someone I might know, or if I can help in any way, and I'll tell you why: A number of years ago I passed a car accident and looked, (but didn't stop), but I did notice what looked like a cream colored dog laying in the grass about 100 feet away from the accident, so I went back and parked out of the way from other cars and went to where I saw the dog, (it was a dog) and he was barely breathing, so I yelled for someone to come. The driver of the car that was in the accident, (he was not hurt), came and with the help of me, we took him to my car and exchanged names and phone numbers and I rushed him to my vet's office. To make a long story short, the dog got better, the man paid the vet bill and thanked me greatly with tears in his eyes and said, right after the accident he didn't even think of his dog or where it was because he was shaken up and wasn't even thinking right at the time and the dog must have been thrown out of the car. He hugged he and said: Thank God you were there! The last time I saw the man and his dog, they were wrestling and playing together in his yard and I felt wonderful that I was able to help! I am sure that there are people who look just to see awful things but all I'm thinking of at the time is if there's anything I can do to HELP!
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Whoa, that's a very good thing you did back then. I wouldn't stop most of the time since I don't want to bang into another person's car.
@sassy28 (835)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I do slow down, but not to look. People are usually walking around, and you never know what they will do. Also I want to make sure I don't run over anything in the road, glass, car parts, etc. If the police and EMS are on the scene there is no reason to stop. I can't help these people, they are the professionals, slow down to keep them safe and let them do their job.
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Yes, we need to slow down but not to look. We need to slow down because the person in front of us will most probably slow down too.
• Philippines
22 Jan 09
Ahmmm. what a nice discussion..Actually, I really don't like seeing accidents especially if I saw blood or a people whois dying..Iam really afraidof blood... I am also convinced with your point that those people who wants to see accidents are selfish but not all.. They make the situation more complicated...
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Yeah, there are times when the actual accident is on the other side of the road, but another accident occurs on this side of the road due to people stopping and looking.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
22 Jan 09
It is really sorry to see accidents happening on the streets. I generally avoid looking at those accidents. I always pray for the person who has suffered through the accident. I pray for his well being and help his family also during the time of crises.
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
Sad to say, some of them ended up in accidents because of their own mistakes and recklessness. But there are also a lot of victims who end up being victims due to other people's recklessness. I really pity those and do hope they'll be fine.
@vikeyshuy (284)
• China
23 Jan 09
i never stopped or slowed donw in the middle of road to see what is happening.just like what you said,more people crowded together will make traffic stack up,increasing the difficulty to save people damaged in accident.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
Ye, but not just to see what happen but also to find out what help I can extend. But it si case to case basis. If it is something that is so complicated and the law should be the one to take care, I did not interfer. I just go on.
@MissAmie (720)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I always look. It's human nature, curiosity. I am a pretty nosey person (hence, a journalism degree) so it's just my natural morbid curiosity that makes me look. I want to see how bad the accidnt was, if there is any blood, all that gory stuff. The worst part is I realize it's wrong but I just can't help myself.
@chemcdow (149)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I hate it when people slow down to see what's going on! If there's already traffic, I of course look at the accident, to try and figure out what happened, but otherwise, if theres a passenger, i'll tell them to look and try and see what's up. I'm always curious, but because I hate when people stop in front of me, i don't stop either!
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
22 Jan 09
I do not drive, so my stopping to look would not hurt anyone but me. I will look just to see that there is in fact something going on. But I will not stop and actually watch. It is more than likely that something horrible has happened that I will not want to see. So I keep on going. I feel bad for the people involved and if I ever saw that someone needed help, I would do the best I could, but I am not nosy enough to be interested in seeing any blood and guts scene. I don't consider that any kind of entertainment, in real life or television, or otherwise. It's just not my thing.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I do. I am the nosy type sometimes. If i can't find out what happened or something like that it will nag at me for a while. Eventually i get over not knowing. THats why its hard for me to wait on a surprise.
@djemba (767)
• India
22 Jan 09
Well if i a the first one at the accident site , i would certainly stop and call some help but if there's already help arrived and people are just standing there an stopping to catch a glimpse of the accident to gossip and causing traffic jams , I'd never stop..i hate it when people do that
@nzalheart (2352)
• India
22 Jan 09
In my case I too hate to look at such incidents. I feel very bad because it will make me sick and pitiful. I dare not to see such things. But a friend of me once said that we must see such things just to make sure the victim is not the one you know. I think its the good idea.
• United States
22 Jan 09
I hate to admit it, but yes I am a rubber necker. If I see an ambulance or fire truck or police car I love trying to follow them to see what happened. If I am driving by an accident I'm that annoying car that slows down so I can take in as much of it as I can. I have been known to drive past once, turn around and then try and get by again from the other side.
@tess99 (17)
• China
22 Jan 09
depend on what kind of accidents and also depend on the distance between the accident and me. if the distance is so short, i will be there and see what happend. If nobody does not run around the accident, and nobody will inform the policeman, at the same time,no one knows nothing happend.But on the other hand, it will lead to the traffic jam. so for me it is so difficult to say yes or no
• India
22 Jan 09
ya sure if there is an accident in my way where i am going i will definetely stop.If no one is there to take him to hospital i will take him to hospital and i will admit him and i will report to his family members and i will leave.every body must do this.This is minimum human nature.If i see the number of the person who made accident i will inform to police definitely. frinds happy mylotting.
@dumindum (160)
• Oman
22 Jan 09
I hate it soo much tooo. It is soo bad. Most of the people Ive seen do it. I dont
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
22 Jan 09
No, I don't usually stop. I'd be curious but I won't stop because I'd be thinking what if there's a shoot-out or something? But usually I just slow down but not really to the point of stopping and asking. Usually when you slow down you'd sooner or later see what's up. This actually happened to me a few weeks ago. As I was turning on the curve, there were emergency mobiles around and saw that people were looking at something or someone, I slowed down to see that a pregnant woman was being helped, didn't really stop, just somehow peeked over.