It's no secret that Florida roadways are routinely found to be dangerous for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. With its growing population, the state's infrastructure is not built to sustain the heavy traffic in some of its most populated areas. Additionally, Florida has seen increasing numbers of accidents involving distracted drivers and those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While it is critical that everyone be safe behind the wheel, it is also important to exercise good judgment while on the roadside. Here are some roadside safety tips to follow:
Do Not Underestimate Other Cars
When you are on the side of a busy road, cars will be passing you. If there has been an accident, other drivers may slow down and give you space, but not all of them will be paying attention. Another situation where you may be on the roadside is car trouble or a flat tire. If you are attending to your or another person's vehicle, it can be extremely dangerous to do so close to moving traffic. In both of these circumstances take extra precautions to ensure that you put some physical distance between you and the cars driving past. It would be best if you also turned on your hazard lights to alert other drivers. If you cannot safely attend to the vehicle, call for a tow truck or roadside assistance.
Being involved in an accident can be extremely stressful. When the collision occurs, both drivers are likely to be adrenalized and upset. In some cases, a driver may go past this point and become verbally abusive or even violent. If you have an accident with another driver or encounter another driver, who appears to be unreasonably upset or is threatening you stay in your vehicle with the doors locked. Contact the police and do not interact with this person more than necessary while waiting for their arrival.
When Someone is Injured
When someone at a collision site is seriously injured, you want to avoid moving them as much as possible until medical personnel can arrive. However, you will want to look at the situation and make sure that the individual is safe from oncoming traffic. If the person is disoriented, try to help them remain still and calm until EMS can get there.
Have Supplies Ready
Having emergency supplies in your vehicle can help you manage your situation and get off the road safely. Be sure you have equipment such as a spare tire, jumper cables, and emergency flares on hand. It is also a good idea to have a first aid kit and a blanket available.
By being mindful of roadside hazards and prepared for emergencies you can improve your chances of remaining safe. However, sometimes an accident can happen even when you are doing everything right. If you have been involved in a collision, you need to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
The attorneys of the Draper Law Office have experience helping clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Please contact us right away to schedule a free consultation. We invite you to learn more about our firm here.