Experiencing an accident with a car parked on the shoulder of the road is an all too common occurrence that can be extremely dangerous, and at times, fatal. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) nearly four out of every ten auto accidents involving fatalities, across the nation, are caused by an impact with a parked car along the side of the road.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps people injured in Chicago car accidents taking place on the shoulder of the road. Contact our law firm for a free case evaluation and discussion of your rights under Illinois law.
Stalled, Stopped Vehicles Pose a Danger
Many of these crashes involve a stalled or stopped vehicle on the roadside that is experiencing mechanical problems. In some cases, a pedestrian or bicyclist was injured along the side of the roadway, when oncoming drivers cause a second accident from being distracted or inattentive.
Fatalities are a common occurrence for most roadside impact accidents when speed is a factor. Motorists in oncoming cars can be caught off guard especially when traveling at high freeway speeds and usually when a truck or larger vehicle ahead blocks the view forward. Not surprisingly, individual standing close to a disabled or parked car often suffer severe injuries or die, even under ideal weather conditions.
Avoiding Roadway Shoulder Accidents
Motorist can take appropriate action to prevent a road shoulder accident. The roadway shoulder is incredibly dangerous, especially during the nighttime hours because drivers sharing the road can be fatigued or unable to see the area along the roadside.
In fact, many cars parked on the shoulder of road accidents are the result of tired motorists seeing lights ahead and thinking it is a vehicle traveling in the same lane. At the point where the driver becomes aware that the lights are emitting from a car on the side of the road, it is often too late to maneuver out of the way and avoid a collision.
It is the usually the best option to drive a vehicle with a flat tire to the nearest exit when possible to prevent a catastrophic accident. Even though driving on the tire or rim might cause substantial damage to the wheel, it is far safer to get way off the roadway before changing the tire. Typically, the worst damage to a vehicle driven on a flat tire is a destroyed rim or wheel. It is far better to spend a few hundred dollars purchasing a new wheel and tire than to risk life or limb along the side of the road.
Stopping on the Shoulder
If pulling over on the shoulder of the roadway for an emergency is the only option, it is essential to move the vehicle off the road as far away from passing traffic as possible. Ensure that every passenger inside the car gets out and moves to a safe location away from the roadway and the vehicle. If standing with the car at a guardrail, it is important to wait on the safe side of the rail instead of by the vehicle on the shoulder.
If involved in an accident, pull the vehicle over to the shoulder of the road and get out of the way if possible. Motorists are often killed or injured standing on the roadway shoulder when exchanging information after an accident.
Always avoid the left shoulder and the median of a split road. Instead, move the vehicle toward the right shoulder if possible. Get out of any active lane of traffic and move to the shoulder quickly to ensure your safety. It is advisable to get out of the vehicle and move to a safe location only after the vehicle has stopped. If possible and safe, make the automobile as visible as you can to warn other drivers that there is a parked car on the side of the road. Using flares and reflective material and turn on the car's flashing hazard lights.Legal Options Available In The Wake Of A Chicago Road Shoulder Accident
In many cases, severely injured victims involved in an accident with a car parked on the shoulder of the road are entitled to financial compensation. Through aggressive representation, the Chicago accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide legal counsel for victims of injury including burns, paralysis, brain damage, broken bones, and other injuries as a result of a car accident.
Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and assessment of the claim for monetary compensation. Our skilled attorneys remain dedicated to seeking the financial compensation you deserve. Our law firm provides legal services on contingency, meaning no upfront fees are required. Contact our experienced law firm toll-free at (888) 424-5757.