It is a natural human reaction to gawk at the scene of an accident as you drive by. This tiny act of observing a wreck on the side of the road is also one of the most dangerous things you can do while behind the wheel. It is also a natural human reaction to exit your vehicle on the side of the road if it has broken down or crashed. These two actions together are among the highest causes of death on U.S. highways.
Highway Patrol is asking that people remain in their cars when stranded on the side of the road and wait for help to come to them. According to reports, the majority of highway crashes worked by Highway Patrol are instances in which people get out of their vehicle and are hit by onlookers.
Authorities stress that when drivers are looking at accidents on the road, they are simply looking at the accident, not watching for people on or near the side of the road. Especially in the upcoming months of Montana winter, the roads are going to be much more dangerous.
It is important to stay off of the road and in your vehicle if it is safe, because standing on the side of the road waiting for help is much more dangerous. If you or a loved one are hit, or killed, on the side of the road after an accident, it may be in your best interest to contact a skilled attorney in car accidents, or wrongful death.
Source: Kansas City Star.com, "Standing along the road after stalling or crashing is unsafe, authorities stress," Alan Bavley, Oct. 21, 2012
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