(Original post by l.west191)
On the subject of stopping or not, it's the law to stop in France, it's called the Good Samaritan Law.
I have a job in France until September, on the drive down with my parents,exe watched a car drive right up the back side of a HGV. We had to pull over in the hard shoulder in between the HGV and the car. We put out the obligatory warning triangle at the start of the debris on the road. We put on our obligatory fluorescent jackets and got out of the car.
Notice the word, obligatory?
The french have a much better grip on road saftey than we do. We could learn some lessons from them.
It was on a busy motorway. We were the only people that stopped to help.
The HGV driver didn't even realise anything had happened until he saw the debris in his mirror.
I'm a first aider so did what I could to help the driver, but he was lucky, VERY lucky. He was driving a new BMW with airbags everywhere, which definitely saved his life, but I would still have stopped to help whether I thought he would live or not.
I didn't have a lot with me first aid wise, a small first aid kit with plasters, wipes etc but not enough to deal with anything like that.
He was already out of the car when I got to him. He was already in shock, with a broken pelvis and head injuries. All I could do was keep him warm and clean him up a bit. It took the pompier 20 minutes to show up,
I would have done exactly the same even without a first aid qualification and with worse injuries.
Whether you have IVs and spinal boards or not, you are still human. If you were lying there, trapped in a car, in pain, waiting for the emergency services, thinking you were going to Die, what would you want? To just hear people driving past without stopping to help, or slowing down so they can see what's going on? Or would you want someone to get out and try and help? Someone to talk to you? Someone to let you know what's going on?
Sometimes thats all it takes, sometimes keeping someone calm and keeping them talking makes all the différence.
Don't be heartless, get out of your car and your own self absorbed bubble and help another human being.