We’ve all either done it or have seen another driver do it – pull over to the side of the interstate, that is. Sometimes we have a flat tire or want to help out someone who does. Sometimes we just need to rest. However, when pulling over to the side of the road, especially on the interstate, do so with extreme caution.
A 20 year-old man in Knoxville pulled over along the interstate to help the driver of a broken-down car. There were two people inside the pulled-over car, a young engaged couple. As they were pulled over, another interstate driver plowed into the two cars, killing two of the people and sending one to the hospital.
The driver of the third car, after receiving hospital treatment, has been released and is now facing vehicular homicide charges.
It’s not only important for drivers to be extra cautious when pulling over to the side of the interstate, it’s also important for other cars on the road to be extra cautious as well.
When you’re driving down the interstate and see a car pulled over, it’s common courtesy to move over into the far lane if possible. If not possible, you should at least be sure to give the pulled-over car ample room while slowing down.
If you’re the one pulled over to the side of the road, be sure to pull over as far as possible, leaving enough space in between your car and the street to not get hit (by a good driver at least).
Unfortunately, car accidents will happen though – at least that’s what the stats say.
If you do find yourself injured in a car accident, the first thing you should always do is seek medical attention. After doing that, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you should speak to an experienced car accident attorney because you may be entitled to compensation for that needed medical treatment, car damage, pain, suffering and more. You shouldn’t be liable for those costs.
Though you can take necessary precautions, you really never know when a car accident may strike. There are certain things that need to be done at the scene of a crash, but the shock and confusion may cause you to forget. That’s why we’ve created a checklist you can download and keep in your car!
If you have any questions or think you have a case, we’d love to help you. You can talk to one of our experienced Memphis car accident attorneys, free of charge, by filling out the “Get in Touch” form below or by calling us at (901) 327-1212.