How to Stay Safe During a Roadside Emergency
Many of us spend countless hours driving each year. Whether the bulk of this driving is in a professional or leisure context, there is no doubt that it inherently carries some risks. After all, well over 395,000 people are injured in car accidents right here in the Sunshine State every year. Clearly, no one wants to be involved in a car accident. But realistically, a roadside emergency can happen to anyone, especially because these emergencies can come in so many different forms and affect you whether you are a passenger or driver. And sadly, the cause of many emergencies has nothing to do with the person who ends up having to suddenly react to an unanticipated set of circumstances.
What Example of a Motorist Having to React to a Sudden Change in Road Conditions Was Recently in the News?
According to Local 10 News, a woman had to jump out of a moving car into the road on a recent Monday afternoon after shots were fired at the vehicle she was riding in on Interstate 95 in Miami-Dade County. The gray Infiniti was reportedly traveling along I-95 when a white SUV pulled up next to it and someone inside fired shots at the Infiniti. The woman was picked up on the side of the highway and taken for emergency treatment by someone in another vehicle. Fortunately, the most serious injury that the woman appears to have suffered is road rash, and she is expected to make a full recovery.
Roadside Safety Tips
Fortunately, most roadside emergencies will not involve jumping out of a moving vehicle which is good news as doing so can be very dangerous. However, a roadside emergency can happen to anyone. Knowing what to do when you’re stuck on the side of the road is crucial for keeping both yourself and others on the road safe and out of harm’s way. Therefore, anyone who rides in vehicles should take a look at these roadside safety tips for when you have to handle a roadside emergency.
As an initial matter, keeping an emergency kit in your car is the best way to prepare for any type of emergency on the road. The basics include supplies such as road flares, a flashlight, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
If disaster occurs when you are on the road:
- Turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers
- Find a safe spot to pull over and get out of traffic
- Call for roadside assistance or emergency services as soon as you reach a place where it’s safe
- Remain as far from the road as possible while waiting for help
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You can take steps to reduce your risk of a car accident but unfortunately, you can’t protect yourself from negligent drivers. And unfortunately, you can end up facing a roadside emergency that results in an accident that you become injured in. If you or a loved one was hurt in a car crash, you deserve an experienced and caring attorney who will be on your side to fight for your rights and investigate what caused the accident and who to hold responsible. As the Miami personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we offer the legal experience that you need. Reach out for help today to begin.
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