Roadside safety tips
It’s hard to know what situation to prepare for since we don’t know when an accident is going to happen. That’s why it’s important to know basic roadside safety techniques and tips. Here are a few to know:
- If an emergency occurs while you’re driving, your safety should always come first.
- Try not to panic. This will prevent you from thinking clearly. If you stay calm, this will help with your decision making and judgment skills, which you need in crucial situations.
- If you pull to the side of the road or had to make an emergency stop in the road, make sure your hazard lights are on.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Please do not get out of your car on a busy road. If you can, pull your car over in the shoulder where there’s more room. Then check for oncoming traffic before you get out of your car. You should never attempt to do a repair or examine your car in the middle of the highway. It’s just too dangerous because passing cars may not see you in time to avoid you.
- Make any calls from inside your vehicle. Do not stand or walk around your car while reporting the accident over the phone.
- Once you have made your call, stay inside your car until help arrives.
Driver hit on Watterson Expressway
In November 2014, a pedestrian was hit by another car on eastbound Watterson Expressway at I-64. The pedestrian was driving his car when he ran out of gas. He then proceeded to get out of his car, and that’s when he was struck by another vehicle. This then led to a six-vehicle accident. The highway was closed for hours. The driver was rushed to the hospital and suffered from non-life threatening injuries.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind you that your safety is always more important than your car. If you ever have to pull over to the side of the road and get out of your car, look for oncoming cars first. You can’t assume that drivers will get over into another lane to give you space. Staying in your car is one of the safest places to be when you’re on the side of the road. It’ll help you stay safe and will help protect you until help arrives.