Good samaritans are the unsung heroes who live amongst us, waiting in the wings to help us when we didn’t even know we needed it. Leaving your car parked, especially on a city street, can require a solid amount of good faith. There are so many opportunities for someone to damage your car and when you aren’t there to catch the culprit in action, well, you are simply out of luck – but not always.
In the case of one innocent car, there was someone nearby to not only witness the incident but caught it on camera. Check out how a kind stranger took their time to help out a fellow car owner.
Owner of a car returned to find this note left from a stranger
The dumpster left a sizeable dent
Later the owner shared the video he received from this kind stranger
In the video, you can see a large orange dumpster fall to the side and hit the car
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Environmental factors such as lighting, roadway geometry and location of the crash have been shown to be associated with the likelihood of hit-and-run crashes. In general, the greater the visibility of a potential crash, either through more potential witnesses on heavily trafficked roads or better lighting conditions, the less likely a hit-and- run will occur.”
Data from Google. U.S. showed a massive uptick in wholesale shipments of dash cams from 2017. It’s “a huge consumer-led trend,” Google’s 2018 Automotive Trends Report noted, “Consumers feel supported on the road with a second set of eyes. They want protection, as well as proof, in case of an incident.”
Dash cameras begin recording directly onto an SD card when the car is started and some are professional enough to record sound, in nigh mode and even with incorporated GPS. Prices range from less than $100 to more than $400. Footage from a dash cam can provide sufficient-enough evidence in a road accident claim. “It takes all the guesswork out of it,” says attorney Jason Abraham with the law firm Hupy & Abraham.