The accident on Business Highway 70 is still under investigation. According to news reports, a woman was walking in the westbound lane of the highway when she was struck by the car.
People witnessing the accident describe the woman as being thrown several feet. The car’s windshield was shattered. No further details about the accident or the woman’s condition have been released at this time.
Break Down Safely
While the details regarding why the victim of this accident was walking on the highway are not immediate clear, one thing is certain, people break down on the highway and other roads daily. If you should experience a flat tire or vehicle failure, it is imperative that you keep yourself safe no matter what road you are on.
1. Call for Help
If you are able to do so, call for help. If you have roadside assistance, make that your first call. You should also call a friend, relative or co-worker and alert them to the situation. If you do not have roadside assistance, call the police.
2. Stay with Your Vehicle
Staying with your vehicle is almost always the safest thing to do.
3. Emergency Kit
Before you head out on the road, make sure to pack an emergency kit in your trunk. Flares, emergency triangles, bottled water, a blanket, a flashlight, and protein bars can be included.
4. Get Out Safely
If you must get out of your vehicle, do so only after you have looked to make sure the coast is clear. If you are changing a tire on the driver’s side, keep your eyes on the road. If a vehicle is approaching, get up if you are able to and walk to the shoulder. Wait for cars to pass before returning to the task at hand.
5. Walk Safely
At times, you will have no choice but to walk away from your vehicle. When this is the case, be sure that you walk as far onto the shoulder as possible. If it is dark, carry a flashlight with you so that oncoming motorists see you. Carry your cell phone with you in case of an emergency, and leave a note on your car alerting police to your location.
No one wants to experience a breakdown on the highway or anywhere else. It is stressful when your vehicle malfunctions. As is evidenced by the news report above, your vehicle breaking down may not be the thing that you have to worry about most.
If you have been injured in an auto accident through no fault of your own, or if your vehicle has been recalled, causing your breakdown, please contact the expert lawyers at Auger & Auger today. Consultations are free, and we are happy to advise you with regards to the next steps in your case. Call our friendly, courteous staff today!