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sea December 23rd, 2016 4:02am

I called 911 today after I saw a car crash into a fence (I assumed the several other drivers who saw it would not call). Would you call 911 if you saw a crash on a busy street with several witnesses nearby?

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
12/23/16 7:39 am

The bystander effect is real. I'd call. It's better to have 10 class than no calls.

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Torfin Never Behind
12/23/16 6:21 am

Never assume that someone else will make the call. You did the right thing. If 911 has multiple people calling in then it is verification of the incident.

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BlueLine Georgia
12/23/16 12:06 am

This is a difficult one. I would check with the driver first. At most departments, the at fault driver is always going to get a ticket. Even if they just run off the road and hit a tree. If the driver is ok, calling us isn't always the best option. Not saying you shouldn't, but nobody likes getting tickets haha.

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sea California
12/23/16 12:35 am

Well I figured that the police would eventually get there, so sooner would be better than later. They might have been drunk or had a heart attack or just had mechanical failure. But I figured it would be better to have emergency personnel on the scene just in case.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
12/22/16 11:37 pm

Not automatically. I stop and check on the driver and passengers first. I'm not the one to call 911 though -- I take charge of the situation and instruct somebody else nearby to call 911 if necessary while I administer first aid.

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Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
12/22/16 11:40 pm

I don't consider just somebody mowing down a fence to be an emergency that requires emergency response. Not if they're not seriously injured and/or unresponsive.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
12/22/16 11:41 pm

In other words, I find it best to keep 911 lines clear unless it's absolutely necessary to contact them.

sea California
12/23/16 12:39 am

Well that's the thing though, I'm not sure how many people would stop and be able or willing to apply first aid. I figure it would be better to get the professionals out there.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
12/23/16 12:45 am

I would, though. So I don't need to worry about whether somebody else will as long as I know I will. What I'm saying is that I personally wouldn't be so quick to 911 right away due to being properly trained and certified to assess the situation first. No serious injuries = not a 911 situation. The driver can call the non-emergency police line to report the accident, per usual.

imanag My heaven on Earth
12/22/16 10:59 pm

I have done that, in fact.

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cpaswr just say the letters
12/22/16 10:01 pm

I've called before when I've seen an accident.

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Domino3 Abolish the ATF
12/22/16 9:20 pm

Absolutely, I do it all the time.

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EarlyBird Portland
12/22/16 9:10 pm

I've done it three times.

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