Monday, April 26, 2010
What Would You Do?
We were kind of stuck behind the driver as we were exiting the highway in half a mile. And I watched, cringing, as the driver *really* swerved, hitting the grooved area along the berm. Then he jerked back into the lane. I was reaching for my phone to call him in when he swerved again, went off the road, and hit a guardrail. His minivan spun around a couple of times and came to a stop. And even though I was following WAY behind him, I practically had to stand on my brakes to avoid hitting him (another lesson for son #2--how long it truly takes to stop).
I pulled off to the side of the road, called the police, was transferred three times or so to the proper people, and then hopped out to see if the guy was okay. He was stumbling around his van. He insisted he was. I got back in my car, gave all my info to the state police people, and left. I don't know whether the man was drunk or sleeping behind the wheel or what, but I do know how lucky he was.
This morning as I was returning from dropping the kids of at their schools, I neared a busy intersection close to my house and saw that there had been an accident within the last couple of minutes. There were people milling about, but no police cars or paramedics had yet made it to the scene. I fought the urge to pull over, to see if I could help and crept on by.
Now, I'm feeling guilty. Where does that come from? I don't have medical training--I couldn't have helped in any possible way. There were dozens of people around--no doubt a lot of them actually witnessed the accident. And I'm sure there had also been more than a couple of calls to the police already. So why the guilt? I'm not sure. Guilt or no, I do hope everyone was okay, and I do wish the powers that be would make that road safer--there are a lot of accidents.
So, what would you have done? Are you one to jump into the fray? Or do you creep on by? Or like me, does it depend on the circumstances?
Posted by Heather Webber at 8:06 AM