It is hard to believe that some drivers do not stop after knowingly colliding with a pedestrian or another vehicle, but it does happen thousands of time ever year. Hit-and-run accidents become a matter for the criminal courts, but the victims have to deal with painful injuries and costly medical expenses.
One of the main incidents leading to a hit-and-run is when a motorist experiences car trouble and pulls over on the roadside. If you find yourself in this potentially hazardous situation, keep the following safety tips in mind.
• If you have to stop on the highway, be safe and stop on the right shoulder – safety experts say that stopping on the left side increases your chances of being involved in an accident by 80 percent.
• Carry flares or triangles in your trunk to mark your location once you come to a stop on the side of the road - turn on your hazard lights as well.
• If you are member of an emergency roadside service, call for assistance instead of getting out of the car to fix the problem yourself - working on your vehicle in high traffic or where oncoming motorists may not see you is extremely dangerous.
• Maintain your car and check the tires before a long trip - tire blowouts are a common reason vehicles become inoperable.
· Check your tires periodically for wear and tear, cuts, or abrasions that could cause the tire to deflate while you are driving.
Harrell & Nowak, L.L.C. – New Orleans accident attorneys