What To Do When Your Car Stalls on a Busy Highway?
Posted on April 25th, 2021 by Zane Cagle
Hey, sometimes cars stall, and we can never control where that will happen. Unfortunately, I have seen some of the worst fatalities and injuries due to crashes to cars that were stranded on the side of the highway. Not parked on the highway, but stranded on the side. Interstate 70 is another classic highway that sees more than its share of these kinds of tragedies. Sometimes cars strand, if that happens on a busy highway, what can you do?
- Get your car as far off the road and onto the shoulder as possible
- Get out of your car and move away from it, and call 911
- Wait for help, as in assistance from an emergency roadside service or law enforcement so they can put up flashers and warning lights
This advice is easy to say, and no, it doesn’t always help. Even when everything is done correctly, and the operator of the stranded vehicle does all of the right and safe things, it is hard to allow for drivers over their driving limit (hours of service) and for drunk drivers.
The Impact of Choices
We all make choices, and we don’t always think about the consequences of our choices. At The Cagle Law Firm, we believe in the power of choices. Living with the consequences of our choices is not always easy. To say that living with the consequence of a choice of taking another’s life is “difficult” would be an understatement.
Highways and interstates are dangerous places under the safest of circumstances. Cars and semi-trucks traveling at high rates of speed and at night when visibility is low are perilous. If your car is stranded on the side of the road, get away from it. Safety experts, not just myself, recommend that you get out of your car and move a safe distance from it. A semi-truck hitting your passenger car going 70 mph or faster will literally drive through your car, and you do not want to be in it when that happens. Unfortunately, we cannot control other people’s choices when it comes to being responsible drivers, but we can control our choices. In reality, each one of us has to live with our choices, so make good ones when it comes to driving and do not drive when you are fatigued or under the influence.
When accidents happened, what do you do?
You’ve been in a car accident or a truck accident, and you were injured, taken to the hospital, and now you are trying to figure out your next steps. You do not have to do that alone. Our attorneys represent victims of serious motor vehicle accidents, and we know the next steps and will walk you through that process. We work diligently to find all factors contributing to the crash, and we work to get the compensation you are going to need for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The negotiating process with an insurance company can be time-intensive, and that is time that you need to be focused on recovering. Our attorneys are available seven days a week at (314) 276-1681.