South Florida roads continue to be a very hazardous place for anyone not actually inside a vehicle. And I don’t mean pedestrians, who at times have seemed to be a favorite target… I mean any unfortunate driver that suffers a mechanical breakdown or an accident. Last weekend three people lost their lives when they were struck by another vehicle passing by where their damaged vehicle was stopped, according to the SunSentinel.com.
Good Samaritan Losses His Life Too
On Saturday, two 22 year old young ladies, Cheresa Nave and Megan Kea, suffered a minor single car accident when they hit a tree at about 4:30 a.m. Subsequently, 24 year old Andrew Edmond, a good samaritan, stopped to offer assistance. Shortly thereafter, the three were struck by a passing vehicle. Kea was killed at the scene, while Nave and Edmond died later at Broward General.
More Similar Accidents
The preceding is just one of five incidents that in little more of a year cost the lives of a total of 11 people after they left their vehicles on the side of the road. In March of last year, five people were hit and killed when they got out of their cars after a three car accident on I-95. The following month, a tractor-trailer driver was struck and killed instantly when he got out of his rig and tried to go across I-75.
But, Don’t Stay In Your Disabled Vehicle
Yet, the National Safety Council recommends that you stay in your disabled vehicle only if you managed to safely get it out of traffic and far from the travelled road. However, this is often not possible and as many of us have found in our congested urban environment, being able to barely make it to the median or shoulder is often the norm. What we do after our car comes to a stop (or better said, how we do it), may be the difference between making it safely to our original destination or becoming another accident statistic.
As the council advises in the preceding article, the first thing to do once off the road is to make the vehicle visible. Turn on the vehicle’s emergency lights, lift the hood and the trunk lid and if it is dark, turn on the interior dome light.
Then, What To Do With Yourself?
Use your cell phone to call for help before getting out of your car. Once out of your car, stand as far away as possible from traffic while you wait for help, always keeping an eye on approaching traffic. According to State troopers, people need to study their surroundings and seek protected ground behind guardrails. If possible, find a spot forward of your broken down vehicle where you can have your car, a guardrail, a tree, etc., to offer protection between you and traffic. Our firm represented the estate of a Plantation woman that was struck and killed by a speeding SUV, while she stood on the emergency lane waiting for help with her disabled vehicle.
If you or a loved one have been injured while waiting out of your car for help after a breakdown or an accident, we urge to contact an experienced law firm. The Miami Dade County Pedestrian and Car Accidents Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have handled many cases involving traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens. Visit our website to learn more about the firm and call us today to discuss your accident in a free consultation.