At night, the I-285 becomes a dangerous place to be with a broken down vehicle. The expressway has limited lighting and there have been numerous accidents already this year proving the dangers of being broken down on the expressway – especially during the predawn and middle of the night hours. Individuals broken down may have to walk to find assistance or may be changing a tire on the side of the road – each putting them at risk for being struck by a vehicle or truck.
Tips for Staying Safe
If you find yourself stuck on the side of the expressway in Atlanta, it is important to stay safe. There are things you can do to help decrease the likelihood you will be a victim of an accident, including:
- Active Hazard Lights – Use your vehicle’s hazard lights so that oncoming traffic can see your vehicle on the side of the road. If you are trying to move your car to safety on the expressway, engage the hazards so that vehicles from behind see you are trying to move over.
- Get Off the Road – Never stop your vehicle in the middle of the road. A disabled vehicle in the roadway is at high risk for being struck – especially if an oncoming motorist is speeding or distracted at the wheel. Pull off to the side as far as you can.
- Write Down Details – Take note of where you are. It is easy to become distracted at dark on the expressway, so look for mile markers, landmarks, etc. You can give these details to roadside assistance or 911 so that they can locate you easier.
- Get Yourself Out of the Road – If your vehicle is broken down in a traffic lane, get out of the vehicle and wait on the right-of-way grassy or dirt area. Do not stand on the pavement.
- Exit on the Passenger’s Side – When exiting the vehicle, exit from the passenger side, which keeps you further away from traffic and prevents you from having to walk around the vehicle to safety. If a concrete wall blocks your exit, stay in the vehicle with your hazards still flashing.
- Light Flares or Use Reflective Triangles – Even with hazards, it may be difficult for drivers to see your vehicle. Use flares and reflective triangles to mark out your vehicle, but do so very carefully – and look for oncoming traffic.
- Consider Waiting for Help Rather Than Change the Tire – You may be tempted to exit your vehicle and change your tire, but it is best if you wait for roadside assistance or an officer to arrive. People are struck and killed while trying to change a tire in the emergency lane – especially if that tire is on the driver’s side.
- Never Stand In Front or Behind – While your vehicle is parked, never stand in front of it or behind it. Other drivers may not see you and if your vehicle is struck, it carries potentially fatal results.
Contact an Injury Attorney – Call Van Sant Law, LLC
If you were injured in an accident while broken down on the expressway, you still have rights. Drivers are required to lookout for broken down vehicles and individuals outside of their cars and their negligence makes them liable for your injuries and losses. Contact Van Sant Law, LLC online or call 888-681-8633 to discuss your accident in more detail.