For the second time in the last few years, I witnessed a serious accident tonight. In both cases, I kept going but considered stopping, talking to the drivers and making myself available as a witness. Nah. I kept going.
What are your thoughts about volunteering to be a witness to an accident?
I'll start with the one tonight. It was about 11:00 p.m. and I was driving home on the Northern State Parkway. Its a nice road for a Lotus, especially at that hour, because its got lots of curves and there's very little traffic so you can pretty much go as fast as you like. I was doing about 65 m.p.h. There were signs about an accident ahead and saying there would be congestion. Sure enough, starting at a certain point, the traffic was going at a crawl. There were two lanes. I was in the left lane crawling, maybe 6m.p.h. As far as I could see ahead, the traffic was crawling.
Suddenly, I hear a screech of tires and then see and hear a car going very fast slamming into a car in the right lane.
It was probably doing 60m.p.h. before slamming on the brakes. The speeding car careened into the left lane and stopped. I was directly behind it. Both cars were wrecked. They blocked the road and I was the first car behind them. I noticed the two drivers out of their cars talking to each other. Fortunately, neither appeared to be seriously hurt. I thought of getting out and talking to them but also thought they might be highly charged up and might endanger me if I joined them. I also thought that without any witnesses, the car with the wrecked front end would be found at fault and the car with the wrecked rear end would be exonerated. Then I saw, in my rear view mirror, a police car with lights flashing. I thought the situation would do fine without me so I pulled up on the right, which was grassy, passed them and came home.
The previous accident was on the Long Island Expressway about 5 years ago, long before I got a Lotus. I saw an SUV cutting across several lanes to make an exit at Willets Pt. Blvd. A car in the right lane of the LIJ hit it. The SUV driver misjudged and clipped a curb. The SUV flipped over and landed upside down. I saw the driver fall from the top of the SUV, which was the bottom, down to the roof.
He might have been seriously injured. I don't know.
I was on my way to an appointment and didn't want to be late. Also, I was nowhere near a phone. When I got to my appointment, somewhere in New Jersey, I called 911. They weren't interested but told me to go to the precinct that had jurisdiction over that area. I called them and they referred me to a station that handled accidents. I went there but they told me they only take reports on weekdays. I don't remember what happened next.
So, are there any thoughts on getting involved as a witness?