When a car is on the side of the road out of gas or just won’t run, the risks to the driver and occupants go up. The American Automobile Association says the risk factor skyrockets as soon as the occupant gets out of the car.
In a report on pedestrian accidents, the AAA says that around 15 percent of freeway deaths occur when a pedestrian is hit while on the shoulder of the road. That’s around two people a day across the country. In the vast majority of these, the car became disabled, and the driver had to pull over.
Out of Gas Driver Killed in Marysville
Marysville Police responded to a pedestrian struck on the side of a Marysville highway around 6:45 a.m., Monday, February 24, 2020. When they arrived they found that a 45-year-old man had been hit by a passing motorist.
The victim had run out of gas and was pouring the gas into the tank when a car sideswiped his vehicle hitting him in the process. The accident happened on Kentucky 9 AA Highway between Kentucky 11 and Maple Leaf Road.
Road Shoulder Accidents
Almost every driver has been there. On the side of the road, changing a tire, putting gas in the tank or fiddling with wires under the hood. According to the AAA, when these happen, accidents are likely to follow. Most fatalities happened at night when the driver pulled over due to mechanical failure. Of these, 35 percent of the victims had alcohol in their system.
A flat tire and running out of gas were the leading reasons for pulling over, and the majority of the cars that struck the pedestrian were passenger vehicles. The AAA says that the best thing to do today is to stay in your car and call for help. Cell phones make it much easier to get help. If you do have to get out, exit the passenger side door if possible and be vigilant looking for upcoming vehicles.
Road Shoulder Accident Injuries
Anytime someone is out of their vehicle on the side of the road, they are vulnerable to serious injury and death. The average passenger vehicle has over 20 times the mass of the average person, and when the car is going 50 plus miles an hour, the outcome isn’t going to be good for the victim.
Emergency first responders and trauma centers see certain common injuries from roadside car accidents. Some of them are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Damaged Vertebra
- Damaged Nerves
- Organ Damage
- Compound Fractures
If you’ve been injured while on the shoulder of the road, you need to speak to an attorney who can help you get compensation for your injuries. Don’t talk to the insurance company or their attorneys before you speak to a professional who will inform you of your rights.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field. Talk to someone you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.
The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.