Author: Angel Reyes  

In The News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System released its latest findings in December of 2021 gathered around disabled car deaths. Every situation that leads to a disabled car is different, but all too often, the consequences are the same – victims are killed waiting next to their vehicle after it becomes disabled.

Texas Leading the Country

Be it from a crash, breakdown, or another incident – Texas ranks first in the nation for these types of traffic fatalities. According to a report from AAA, between 2015-2019, 263 people died on Texas roads after their vehicle became disabled.

Stay Prepared, Stay Safe

Think about your circumstance and surroundings.

Is it safer to stay in the vehicle, or get out and get completely out of the way of other vehicles? Unless you’re in a location where you can safely exit the vehicle, stay inside the car and have your seatbelt on.

Keep emergency assistance numbers saved in your phone so you can call someone for help away from your disabled vehicle.

In the event that you’re involved in a minor collision, go to the nearest exit and find a safe area. Finding a parking lot or the shoulder of the road is a much safer alternative to meeting in the middle of a freeway.

Insurance Misconception

The law states that you have the right to steer and clear. This means that you have the right to get to a safe place in the event your car is disabled. There is a common misconception that insurance companies want the driver to stay put until a police officer arrives at the scene, but this is not necessary.

According to TranStar, state law mandates that drivers move their vehicles in car collisions if the car is still drivable. Once off the freeway, drivers should take photos and document any damages, and exchange information.

Your Disabled Car Victim Attorney

Car troubles happen. Each situation that leads to a car becoming disabled is different – whether it was a car collision, flat tire, or technical issue, sticking around a disabled vehicle is hazardous. Negligent or distracted drivers speeding across the freeway demonstrate very little regard for the safety and well-being of other motorists unfortunate enough to be dealing with mechanical issues. If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed in an accident due to someone’s complete disregard for safety – you need Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley.

Regardless of how minor or severe the accident, your first step is to get in touch with a personal injury attorney immediately. Our team knows precisely what to do to protect your interests, and we’ve been able to help thousands of very satisfied clients recover millions of dollars for a range of claims. Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley personal injury law firm has the ability to maximize your potential and recover every single penny you deserve. Tap the green button above to call us or submit a form here.

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