Road traffic accidents: to stop, or not to stop?
- By: Georgia Ingram
You may decide not to pull over. Unless you have the misfortune to be around a road traffic accident you will never need to make that decision. But it is worth thinking about your attitude to good Samaritan acts in advance. It is, after all, much easier to rationalise about whether you would try to help, and what you might achieve, with a clear head than in the thick of disrupted traffic.
In the United Kingdom there is no legal obligation for anyone to stop and help at a road accident. Ethically and morally the General Medical Council encourages trained doctors to provide “anyone at risk with the treat. ment you can be reasonably expected to give.”1 Once you do stop at an accident, you are legally responsible for anything that you do, good or bad. This good Samaritan approach is not covered by the NHS medico. legally, although medical