Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Honestly, it's not that I'm afraid to be hurt, kidnapped, etc by the person off in a ditch, but I'm worried about being sued by said person if I help them out of their car. The world is a sue-happy place nowadays, and I don't have the money to be sued for trying to help someone.
I do stop depending on how bad it is though, even just to roll down the window and ask if they're alright (if I can stop..snowy roads, I'm not going to slam my brakes on for someone around a corner off in the ditch). I know some hand-to-hand, self defense, and I'm handy with a knife (of which I always have anywhere between 1-5 on my depending on where I'm travelling to). I'm female, but I'm not small. Honestly, I'm not the type someone would try to kidnap, I look like I'd put up a fight, which I would.
So while I'd like to always stop and help, I'll call 991 if they ask, but I'm most likely not going to get out of my truck to ensure I can't be sued for trying to be nice.
I have also lost all my faith in humanity..I've been screwed over too many times trying to be nice, and it makes me not want to be nice to anyone for fear of being burned. Not to mention, I have absolutely zero knowledge on anything medical, I can't help anyone much more than calling 911 and trying to talk to them to calm them down.
I will say though, I flipped my car last year (dry road, hit a pile of ash salt penndot left on the side of the road (in the lane, not off the shoulder) with bald tires..I had the first person (I assume, being as I was blocking the whole road, lol) stop to call 911 and I scared the ever living crap out of her when I crawled out cussing a storm and kicking my, now totalled, car. In my frustration of totalling a car for a reason that wasn't my fault and never should've happened (I was slowed down about 15mph under the speed limit), I didn't even thank the lady...I hate to think she regrets stopping to help as it seemed I wasn't even appreciative, but I was. I just didn't have the mental capacity to be upset and able to express my thanks to her at the same time, I was only 17. But, everytime I've stopped, I've always been thanked.
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