Tragedy struck this past weekend when a 19-year-old teen was killed in a roadside accident. As reported by stltoday.com, the teen was hit while he was trying to wave down a passing car for help after his pick-up truck broke down on Interstate 64. The motorist in the accident claims that the teen had stepped into her lane while waving his arms, leaving her very little time to maneuver.
Whether the accident is the fault of the driver or the fault of the teen is not currently known. The cause could have been a result of improper compliance with traffic rules and procedures, or even driver negligence such as speeding, driving while distracted, driving aggressively, etc. However, since all the facts are not known at this time, it is impossible for us to say who is really to blame for this tragedy.
What is known is that there are severe consequences of incidences like this, such as physical, medical, financial, and emotional damages. Additionally, the teen, while acting innocently, was not acting in the safest manner possible. Each and every Illinois car accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti knows how important it is to act safely on and off the road. Therefore, we would like to offer some advice for how to stay safe should your accident break down and get stuck on the side of the road.
1. Call for help. The police are always out patrolling the roads, especially the busier highways, and are nearby to assist citizens in need of help. There are emergency phones along some highways, so if there is one nearby you can utilize it should a phone not be available. If you do not have a cell phone then make sure to use tip two.
2. Raise awareness of your situation. Putting something white hanging out your window alerts fellow motorists and highway patrol that you are in need of help. It also helps to raise the hood of your car and (if your engine and car battery are still operable) put on your emergency lights. If it is nighttime, put triangle reflectors six feet behind your vehicle.
3. Do not leave your car. The safest place in this situation is locked in your car. It is important to minimize the amount of time spent out of your car as to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic. Crossing highway traffic is extremely dangerous.
This is not a comprehensive list, but these are all things important to remember should you find yourself in a similar situation as the teen from the news report. This advice will not guarantee your safety, but following it will make you much safer. Should you or a loved on be injured or killed as a result of another’s negligence, however, you can contact our team of Chicago car accident lawyers to find out what rights may be available to you.