Highways, interstates, and other high-speed roadways can be extremely dangerous for pedestrians. Many roads that lack sidewalks forbid pedestrians from walking on the side of the road to ensure their safety, however, sometimes pedestrians may not be able to avoid finding themselves on a high-speed roadway. If someone has car trouble, for example, they may need to pull their vehicle off to the side of the road to address the issue. A Maryland woman was recently killed after she exited her vehicle to address a flat tire and was struck by a speeding vehicle.
According to a local news report discussing the accident, the victim, a 47-year-old woman from Glen Burnie, suffered a flat tire and pulled to the side of the road to address the problem. After the victim exited her vehicle, she was hit by another car that was speeding and unable to stay in its lane. According to the report, another vehicle that had stopped to assist the victim was also struck, but the occupant was not seriously injured. the woman who had initially stopped was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other driver was not injured in the crash. After sobriety tests were performed, the other driver was arrested for DUI, automobile homicide, and other charges. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs reduces reaction time and encourages poor decision making, and likely contributed to the cause of this tragic accident.
What Should You do to Stay Safe When Changing a Tire?
If you get a flat tire, run out of gas, or have another maintenance issue that renders your car inoperable, always try and pull over to the right side of the road, as far into the shoulder as possible. After your vehicle has stopped, activate your hazard lights, and keep an eye on your rear-view mirror to watch approaching traffic. Whether you are able to get out of the road or not, it is advised to stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt fastened until help arrives. Statistics have demonstrated that drivers are safer in their vehicle than standing outside somewhere around it. If you must exit your vehicle, attempt to do so from the passenger side. Once a tow truck has been called and arrives, the driver will have the knowledge and equipment available to safely stop traffic and allow you to exit the vehicle.
Were You Injured in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Marylanbd auto accident, trying to find help to address all of the issues surrounding the accident can be a daunting task. The Maryland, DC, and Virginia auto accident attorneys with Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC take our clients’ concerns seriously, and we will work diligently to obtain for you a result that youre comfortable with. Our skilled personal injury lawyers will fight our hardest to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case,.