Witnessed car crash, now feeling guilty - page 2

I have horses that I board at a stable near my home. There is an intersection across the street from the barn where it seems some idiot does not stop at the stop sign and gets hit by oncoming traffic... Read More

  1. by   ERNurseToBe
    I think that maybe a letter to your local city council, mayor, highway partrol, etc stating how many accidents and so forth you witness at this intersection would be the best pro-active action. Maybe, if they get enough feedback, they will put in a light, or make the intersection safer.

    As to feeling guilty, nothing to be guilty for. Just because you became a nurse does not make you responsible to help 24/7. If that was true, then lawyers should stop at every accident as well as medical...
  2. by   labcat01
    Don't beat yourself over it. You can play "what ifs" all day. What if the passenger in the other car was angry and pulled a gun? It is a crazy world and you do have to think of your own safety first. You made a good faith effort to make sure everyone looked ok- I wouldn't feel too bad about this.


    As for identifying yourself as a nurse, it is different in every state. In Texas, you are under no obligation to stop and render aid unless you were personally involved in the crash.
  3. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    Quote from Cindy-san
    Ditto the spinal fracture precautions.

    I think it was for the best. It's not like they were bleeding all over the interstate and screaming for help.


    I flew several times less than a month ago and no one asked me anything of the sort.
    This is where I live.
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    My friend called me this morning to share a similar story. She works nights and went outside to smoke a cigarette. We cannot smoke on the grounds, so she walked to the sidewalk. She saw a person walking strange and at first, she thought he was someone who had cerebral palsy (we have such a facility two blocks down from us) and then, about 8 feet from her, he falls flat on his face. The first thing she thought of then, was maybe this person wanted to set a trap for her so she can come close and then he grab and mug her (this happened to a nurse last year). She was about to run, but then, she did shout to him "Are you okay?" and he shouted "No" and she ran into the hospital to get a security guard. The guard recognized him as one of the alcoholic frequent flyers (still had on his ID band from being discharged from us the night before) who constantly comes there to dry out, make a scene and drive the ER absolutely insane.

    My friend felt a bit bad, too, but I told her that she did see if he was alive, she had a right to be concerned about her personal safety and she did go and get help. They called the ER staff who came out and got the man (I am sure that when they saw who it was, they probably frowned, but hey...).

    I don't believe you did anything wrong.
  5. by   HippyGreenPeaceChick
    We have what is called a "Positive CPS" Its a neuro check. Positive Cell Phone Sign, if they are using their cell phones then most likely they are ok.
  6. by   Curious_53
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    The first thing she thought of then, was maybe this person wanted to set a trap for her so she can come close and then he grab and mug her (this happened to a nurse last year). She was about to run, but then, she did shout to him "Are you okay?" and he shouted "No" and she ran into the hospital to get a security guard.
    That is so terrifying! I would have never thought that someone would be so low as to do something like that!
  7. by   TrailBlazerRN
    Do not worry-- you didnt do anything wrong! You saw everyone walking and the scene looked like it was under control. Trust me, it's routine for someone to be taken out on a backboard from an MVA just as a precaution. Even the patients that are walking around typically have a cervical collar applied and are recommended to go to the hospital just to get checked out. I agree with above posters though-- maybe make sure that EMS was called next time. But no worries, the victims called EMS themselves and im sure everything worked out fine.
  8. by   PAERRN20
    Loading a person onto an backboard is in no way indicative of the injury severity. In fact, ALL people in traumatic accidents should be put on a backboard regardless of the severity of the accident. I would question if they weren't loaded onto a backboard. I think what you did was fine. Try not to beat yourself up.

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