Karen (estherchaya) wrote,

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good samaratan?

So I'm driving to work this morning and I'm only a few minutes from my office when I'm behind a van that smacks into a Grand Cherokee. I could keep driving, except no one else stopped and no one was getting out of either car, so I pulled over to see if they needed help. One of the drivers asked me to call the police (though later I realized he actually HAD a cell phone, so I'm not sure why I had to call...not sure that English was his first language, so that might have been why). So... having called the police I was stuck there. I called in to work to let them know that I would be late and I hung out.

No one was seriously hurt, and no police report got filed, which meant that I was free to go. An hour late. Sigh. I gave both men my card and went on my merry way.

So the real question is whether I had any obligation to stop. I did see what happened. And I was concerned that someone might be hurt. But aside from the obvious moral answer, what is the legal answer? Am I legally obligated to stop if I witness an accident? What if it's only a fender bender?

Anyway, I'm not sorry I stopped, but I'm curious anyway.

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