A simple fender bender on a city street can be much simpler to deal with
than a collision on a speedy highway. In the state of Florida, highways
can have speed limits up to 70 miles per hour, making conditions considerably
more dangerous for those who need to exit their vehicles after a
car accident. In addition to the normal procedure of staying at the scene, checking
for injuries and exchanging information, involved drivers must exercise
extreme caution and follow certain procedures to ensure their safety.
The following tips can help you prepare for this type of scenario.
Look Before Stepping Out of Your Vehicle
Following a collision, it is easy for a person to begin to panic. As difficult
as it may be, you must remain calm and stay in control of your situation.
Situational awareness is vital following a highway accident, as passing
cars can pose a severe danger to those who have been involved. If you
get out of your car in a confused state without looking, you could potentially
be struck by a rubbernecking driver.
Before exiting your vehicle, look both ways to ensure that you can safely
step out. This may only be possible if you are in the right lane or you
have been able to safely move your vehicle onto the shoulder. If you cannot
move your vehicle and your car is not on fire, it is best to stay put,
put your hazard lights on, and dial 911.
Make Your Presence Known
If you are able to exit your vehicle, it is important that you increase
your visibility to help inform other drivers of your presence. If you
have bright clothing, wear it. Many drivers have emergency kits in their
trunks containing flares and reflective cones which can be useful in this
type of situation. By helping other drivers see you, you can reduce your
risk of being rear-ended by an oncoming vehicle, causing further injury.
Injured? Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC
A vehicle collision can be distressing experiences, especially when the
involved insurance companies try to pay you the bare minimum amount of
compensation for your injuries. If you should ever be injured in a highway
car accident, the Stuart car accident attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein
& Associates, PLLC are prepared to represent your interests and fight
to maximize your chances of securing a fair settlement for your injuries.
To find out more about how we can help, request a free case evaluation
or call our office today at (866) 675-4427!