Have you ever had to pull over to the side of the road to fix a flat tire? Has your vehicle ever started to stall in the middle of the roadway?
We suggest having an emergency kit available in case this happens, including having coats, flares and reflective materials at your disposal. In addition, it may be wise to invest in a roadside assistance program—these are often included in your cellular phone bill or vehicle insurance policy. When your vehicle experiences problems, a roadside assistance program can send someone out to aid you or offer you a tow.
Additionally, if you are experiencing complications with your vehicle, it may be wise to attempt to get it to the shoulder of the road. You will want to do this to avoid a vehicle accident.
Once your car is moved to the shoulder of the road, if it is disabled, we suggest:
- Turning on your hazard lights
- Turning your wheel away from the side of the road where traffic is
- Applying your emergency brakes
- Making sure it is safe before getting out of your vehicle
- Calling roadside assistance, if necessary
- Placing reflective items behind your vehicle if you have them
Remember, although you may be able to repair a flat tire or issue with your disabled vehicle on your own, it may be wise to wait for someone to assist you, especially if traffic is heavy.
Man Injured While Checking Flat Tire in Atlantic City
We bring up disabled vehicles because recently two people were killed and one person was injured in a crash involving a vehicle with flat tire in Atlantic City.
According to NJ.com, on March 20, one man was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty with a passenger when he lost control of the vehicle on the westbound side of the Atlantic City Expressway, crashing into a BMW that was stopped on the shoulder of the road.
The driver and the passenger in the Jeep died following the accident. The driver of the BMW, who was out of the vehicle checking on a flat tire, was also struck and transported to the hospital with injuries.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Filing a Lawsuit Following a Vehicle Accident
As this case shows, it can be very dangerous to respond to a disabled vehicle by yourself, as other drivers on the roadway may experience issues with their cars or be driving recklessly.
If you are ever injured in a vehicle accident or your loved one has been killed, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. A lawyer can investigate your case and determine why an accident occurred. If the negligence or reckless habits of another driver contributed to your accident, you may be entitled to damages.
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Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Accident Attorneys