Stay In Your Car After A Highway Accident
It is no secret that the highway is a dangerous place for travel. The high volume of vehicles on the road at any given time plus the speed at which they travel can be a strong recipe for a motor vehicle accident.
If you do end up safe following an accident or your car breaks down while on the highway, you might feel you are in the clear. But you should always have your guard up because matters could still get worse.
Such was the case in a fatal accident that occurred on Route 80 in New Jersey recently. A man had pulled his vehicle to the side of the road to adjust the cargo on his sedan. Another vehicle traveling on the highway ended up on the shoulder right before striking the man and his sedan.
The impact tossed both vehicles in the air and spun them around. The sedan that was struck caught fire almost immediately. The man who exited his vehicle to adjust his cargo was pronounced dead at the scene.
Do’s and Don’ts of Parking on the Highway
If your car breaks down or you end up in an accident, there is little you can do to avoid having to pull over on the highway. When in this situation there are a handful of guidelines you should be mindful of in order to stay safe.
First and foremost, do not stop on the highway at all unless it is your last resort. If your vehicle is in working order, try to make it to a parking lot or other safe area. If you have to pull over onto the shoulder, avoid stopping on a curve or turn. Instead, seek out a straight stretch of roadway.
You should remain inside your vehicle with your seat belt buckled and call 911. Police actually encourage this because they consider you being stranded on a busy highway an emergency that requires assistance.
If you choose to change a flat tire or make repairs, avoid the side of vehicle exposed to traffic. If you end up in a dangerous situation (car on fire) or a dangerous location, safely exit your vehicle and try and get far away to safety. You can go over guardrails and up berm to a safe location away from the vehicle.
Turn on your hazard lights to warn other motorists of your situation, especially in the dark. You should also turn on your interior lights. And remember, risking your life to change a flat tire is not the best choice. If you can, wait patiently for proper assistance.
New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You
If you ended up suffering a personal injury in a motor vehicle accident then you will need the help of an experienced attorney. In New Jersey, the Law Office of Christopher A. Brown is committed to helping you with your injury.
They handle the full gamut of personal injury cases and know just how much of an impact it can have on your life. With compassion and integrity, they will fight for proper compensation to help with your recovery physically, emotionally and financially.
Contact the office by filling out the online form and begin discussing your legal options today.
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