South Florida Accident Attorneys
A recent tragedy here in south Florida concerns a dangerous situation that every driver should be prepared for: a stalled vehicle while driving down a major roadway. The headline Police: 11-Year-Old, Adult Killed in Crash While Trying to Push Stalled Vehicle out of Road is simply sad beyond words and it will take time to piece together what happened in that instance but there are some guidelines for how to handle a situation where a car suddenly stops running in traffic.
Keep in mind, these are guidelines and not firm rules – every situation is different.
- Try not to panic if your car starts to stall. If possible, pull over to the side of the road before the vehicle shuts down. If you are able, try to pull over to the right. Then, once you come to a stop, turn on your hazard lights.
- If you are not able to pull over to the side of the road before the vehicle stalls, do not exit the car. Instead, turn on your hazard lights. Call the police and tell them if the situation is dangerous to you and to other drivers. Then, call for a tow truck, roadside assistance or some other type of help.
- While in the vehicle, keep your seatbelt on.
- Chances are the traffic passing you will be traveling at a high rate of speed, and while it may seem safe to cross lanes of traffic it probably is not.
- Even if you have the ability to repair your car, do not get out of the vehicle to attempt to repair the vehicle unless absolutely necessary.
Also: You might be able to prevent a stalled vehicle by having it serviced regularly.
South Florida roadways are among the most dangerous in the nation and we all need to be better educated about following traffic laws as well as how to handle stalled vehicles, roadway obstacles, heavy traffic, and inclement weather,
We are available for a free consultation if you or someone you know is involved in an accident. Call us at 954-356-0006 7 days a week.
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