(Closed) OMG, I am SO thankful the car was empty!

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s typical bystander behavior – human nature.  Bystanders figure that other people will help, making them less likely to take the initiative. 

The probability of help has often appeared to be inversely related to the number of bystanders; in other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. The mere presence of other bystanders greatly decreases intervention. In general, this is believed to happen because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to notice the situation, interpret the incident as a problem, and less likely to assume responsibility for taking action.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

What an aweful experience, I’m glad it didn’t turn out horrible for anyone involved.

 

I know all about the people staring…I was in my car one day and pulled up at a intersection. A man was walking across the road and collapsed in a heap. When the lights changed people started to drive AROUND him. I put my hazard lights on, got out my car and performed CPR, he was having a heart attack and stopped breathing. Luck for him, he was right near a hospital.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also from that article: “Police officers and psychologists explained that the inaction of the crowd was justified in that “ordinary people aren’t going to tackle a psychotic,” that they were not “psychologically prepared” to intervene, and that being frozen in indecision and fear is a normal reaction”

Can also apply to automobile accidents.

Could be also that the crowd knew, unlike you mention you did, that the people were out the other side.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also remember studies where the researchers were broken down out on a country road vs. on a busy highway.  More people stopped to make sure they were okay on the country road vs. the highway because they figured no one else would come for awhile.  O nthe busy highway people assume there are a lot of people, so someone is bound to help, they don’t need to do anything.

 

 

(Okay, I’m done posting examples :D)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsFuzzyFace:  Many people freeze in those situations or don’t know what to do.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Vidya:  It’s interesting how people think in a crisis..I totally agree with what you have said…

 @MrsFuzzyFace:  Some people are just able to cope better in a crisis situation…I think I would have been more hesitant to help if I didn’t have training and knew how to help, incase I made things worse…..so I can understand how some other people might think.

My Ex couldn’t stand the sight of blood…My son broke his leg and there was blood everywhere…My SO (at the time) ran around the house screaming and just freaked out so badly. I couldn’t even get him to get me towel to wrap around my sons leg….He ended up getting injected by the ambulace Dr, to calm him down……LOL

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think first aid should be manditory to know…..even if it’s just the basics 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@russian_doll:  That’s true – I bet your level of experience and knowledge has a lot to do with it, too.  I need to learn me some First Aid 😉

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