I stopped at a car accident to assist but was annoyed, too.

@nanajanet (4436)
United States
September 20, 2012 9:42pm CST
Home from work, a little late. There was an accident on near my home. Luckily no one was hurt bad. I was coming up the hill and someone flashed their headlights at me, but my brights were not on. Then it dawned on me that something was up ahead. I saw a car, on the opposite side of the road, a girl standing by her opened door. She was not fully off of the road. I also saw a car, up ahead, off the road. I stopped and rolled down my window and asked if she was okay. She kept insisting that she was and had called 911, but her car was dark and I could not leave her there, with no lights. I pulled over, put on my flashers and made her go in my car. Her face had some blood on it but she seemed fine. She said she had gone up to the other people and they were okay, so I stayed with her until help came and I knew that she would be okay. I also got on her phone, to her boyfriend, to give him directions. I cannot believe that the car that flashed me, just left her standing there! Someone could have come down, or up the hill fast and hit her! I kept thinking that if that was my daughter, I would want someone to be there, to keep her calm and make sure that she was okay. I remember the people that stopped to help my son, even though it was too late, sat with him until the help came. They contacted me, later on, to let me know that even though he was gone, he was not alone. If ever you see an accident, and help is not there, even if all you can do, is stop and calm them down, do it. Next time it could be someone that you know. I hope that all are okay and I think that one of the people may live on my road, as I saw him, but could not make out the fact, 100%. The fireman said that they JUST cleared up an accident, from the same location, not 20 minutes earlier. That one road is dangerous and people cross over the lines and go downhill fast.
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• United States
21 Sep 12
There is a highway over by me with a very curved turn that is very dark as well. I am glad you chose to stay with her. most people would have kept going out of fear what could have happend if she was faking and plannned to rob or kill someone.
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
22 Sep 12
I think that's just it, it's difficult to be a good Samaritan these days because there are a lot of people who scam us into believing they're in trouble. I think it would help if we just dialed 911. I wouldn't have allowed her in my car, I would have just stayed there with my lights on. I think it's always better to be safe than sorry. Have a great mylot experience ahead!
• Cebu, Philippines
21 Sep 12
It was so kind of you to help that person, nanajanet. Other people are hesitant to help because they are too afraid to involve in such scenario like that, probably of fear seeing someone full of blood or that they were shocked and was stucked and they couldn't think what to do. I'm pretty sure though that they wanted to help but due to unexpected events we tend to lose our consciousness.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
21 Sep 12
40 years ago, almost to the day, I was involved in a pretty serious car accident. I walked away - obviously I survived it... However, a couple had pulled over and the lady gave me a bag with some ice for the bump on my head, and other people had me lay down in the grass. I still wish I could thank those people for helping me that day. I have stopped for accidents, especially if I witness them, and even if I don't feel I can help in any other way, I will pull out my phone and call 911 - I did that today when a truck stalled in front of me, I couldn't do much, but getting the police there could only help.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Sep 12
hi nanajanet I am so glad you stopped as just having someone with her would help her so much.some people are kind like you while others just flee the scene intent on themselves only. I had a bad fall a few years back and broke my shoulder. while others stood and gawked at me like i was some sort of show. this one older couple with their grandson came to me and offered help. I tried to get to my feet by putting my hands down but my left arm just dangled and my hand would not work. they called the para medics for me and stayed with m e til the paramedics had loaded me in the ambulance. I never forgot how good i felt having them stay with me for that short while. I put a piece in the paper while in the hospital thanking the couple with their grandson who helped me to get medical aide when I had had a bad fall. they truly were like angels to me that m orning,.
@offkey (313)
• United States
21 Sep 12
Maybe the other person had to be somewhere, at least s/he warned you about the accident. If i were a lone i would not be comfortable with anyone stopping if i were okay, and wasn't seriously injured, I would have called 911 I will not stop for people, if I see while passing that no one is on the phone I will call 911, but I wont stop. My sister and I did once when I was a chile because we saw a car pulled to the side with the hood up and that a car seat was in the back, the man was alone, in the car seat was a doll, he asked for money and a ride and our address so that he could pay us back, instincts kicked in and we said we had to be somewhere and left, as we were leaving we saw that he had shut the hood and started to follow us, we drove to the fire station and he sped away. We were very scared, it still frightens me to this day. I'm glad you helped her that is a great act of kindness, and as for your son, I am so sorry to hear that, and as you said even if he was gone he wasn't alone those who staid with him are great people. All I am saying is people have their reasons not to stop, I will call for help if I need to, I've never passed an accident that emergency services were not already on scene. Maybe start a petition to put slow down signs up, or lower the speed limit. (change.org is a good place to start)
@AmbiePam (49877)
• United States
25 Sep 12
That's a shame. I remember the last time I had a really bad accident. A lot of people stopped to see if they could help. I appreciate it greatly.
@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Wow!! Good thing that someone was not coming down there fast, and could have made this a worse situation than it was, and to think that 20 mins. earlier they had cleaned up another accident just in that same area means they need to consider a plan to slow down traffic to prevent more accidents from happening there. Also good thing this was not a serious accident, but being a concerned citizen like you were is good for sure.
@bunnybon7 (37156)
• Holiday, Florida
22 Sep 12
the girl was very lucky to have you there. God must have put you there for her. i remember the heartbreak of you talking about your son and im sure thats why you was put there for her. you know how tragic it is when such things happen. you are an angel here for us all.
• New Zealand
22 Sep 12
It was really nice of you to help.I don't drive but have seen people in an accident or have stopped by the motorway,My hubby is always keen to help.It is me who always says no because i understand that it can be a trap and we wont be able to safe guard ourselves.At the same timer i know there are millions of genuine cases and i too if ever get into a accident I would want someone to calm me down.
@HosmanF (93)
• Belgium
22 Sep 12
Good evening dear Nananjanet , first of all i'd like to say that when i finished reading your story from day , at start i was happy a little bit , to see that there are still a few people left with goodness and empathy,society used to be much more involved in helping eachother pass the hard and rough moments. I wish you a great night and will hope you created a butterfly effect. HosmanF
@eagletrek2 (5271)
• Kingston, New York
21 Sep 12
Today a lot of people do not want to. Help it good That you did and some day That person might help Someone else because of Your help
@deazil (4546)
• United States
21 Sep 12
You did a really good thing, stopping for that girl. That was very kind of you. You also took a chance but I'm glad there was no problem. And I am sorry about your son. It must be some comfort to know he was not alone. Apparently that's a very dangerous stretch of road. Someone should petition the city to do something about it. A truck driver friend of mine told me of an accident on the highway that he stopped for. A woman and her teenage daughter were in the car. It was the only car and the woman had lost control. He said that as he came up to it no one else was stopping. He was really upset about that. A lot of cars just kept going by even though it was apparent they had had an accident. The mother's head was bleeding and the daughter was crying quite hard. He stopped and called the police and stayed with them until they came. But the whole time he was telling me the story he kept commenting on how nobody stopped. It was mid-evening and dark. They could have gotten hurt worse being there alone like that on the highway. And you're a very thoughtful person for stopping like that.