Unfortunately, we hear reports all too often of people who have been killed or injured after their vehicle becomes disabled on a highway or road. In some instances, the victims are hit by other vehicles that fail to see the disabled car and stop in time. In other instances, they are in the roadway, either acting as a Good Samaritan in helping someone involved in a crash or their own vehicle has been in an accident.
Standing in the road following an accident or breakdown is hazardous. Remember these tips if you ever find yourself stranded on a road or highway:
- If you can, pull your car over, out of the way of oncoming traffic. If you are on a freeway and are able to move your vehicle, get it off the freeway entirely.
- Remain in your vehicle with the seat belt buckled. Studies show that people who get out of their vehicle are killed or injured much more often than those who stay in their car.
- If you have to get out, look for protection like a guardrail or wall that you can step behind.
- Do not stand directly in back of your car, stand in front of it or to the side well away from the roadway.
- If your car will not move, turn on your flashers and stay in the car if it is safe to do so. Keep your seat belt buckled.
- Never walk in traffic or try to cross a highway unless circumstances dictate you have to get away; for example, if your car is on fire. If you smell gas, you should get out right away.
The attorneys of Roberts & Roberts have the skill, experience and resources to fully investigate any serious accident or death. If you have a question about an accident involving a serious injury or fatality, please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.