Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hit and run driving is one of the worst kinds of auto accidents. When a car collides with something, the driver at least has some protection from being seriously hurt. When a car hits a person or cyclist, however, that person has virtually nothing protecting them from a lifetime of serious pain -- or a lifetime that's seriously shortened. Why drivers run away from the scene is a subject that only an individual can answer, but passersby have a responsibility to help.
If You Help Poorly
No matter what happens, if you do your best to help the victim your chances of being sued by a Sacramento auto accident attorney or anyone else will be minimal. The responsibility you carry being a passersby is to do all that you can to keep the victim stable and summon professional medical help to the scene as quickly as you can.
The worst thing you can do is to simply pass by and try not to get involved. While you might feel like you're meddling in someone else's business, the effort you put into helping them will always be appreciated. Malpractice lawsuits are for doctors, not good Samaritans. Take time to help.
If You Refuse to Help Someone
Refusing to help someone is not technically illegal in the United States, as it is in France and the United Kingdom. However, there are issues that go beyond the mere letter of the law to the spirit it should represent. While you can pass by someone who has been hit by a driver who, for some reason doesn't stop, how would you feel about yourself later on? If you have any capacity to feel guilt, just leaving someone lying at the side of the road begging for help, I bet this will give you a guilt trip you'll never forget.
Sometimes Nothing Will Help
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that sometimes you can't help someone. You might happen to pass by mere moments after the offending driver has sped away. Another one is, calling the paramedics in between administering CPR in a manner that would make any instructor proud. But sometimes doing nothing is going to help the situation. While you might not succeed and the victim's wounds might be too serious to help with, you’ll feel far better knowing that you extend help to the victim with your best effort.