A recent car accident in Miami-Date backed up morning traffic, forcing motorists to find alternate routes.
According to the Miami-Dade Herald, there were also accidents on:
-Southwest 87th Avenue
-State Road 826
-U.S. 1 at Hallandale Beach Boulevard
-93rd Avenue and 152nd Street
-Northwest Street and State Road 826 (a six-car pile-up)
There was also a disabled vehicle on U.S. 1 at State Road 112 that blocked traffic for miles.
Car accidents happen all the time. Additionally, your could break down virtually at any time, regardless of how new it is and how well you maintain it. Our Miami-Dade car accident attorneys have all been there at one point in our lives, stuck on the side of the road because of an unexpected accident or problem with our car. Luckily, whether you’ve been involved in an accident or your vehicle breaks down, there are ways you can keep yourself and your passengers safe while waiting for assistance on the side of the road.
If your car is stopped at the side of a busy roadway:
-You should always carry a cell phone or another form of mobile communication so you can call for help in emergency situations.
-If you don’t have a phone and a stranger offers help, ask them to call authorities.
-Make sure you pull completely off the road. If you’re unable to do so, pull as far off to the right as you can.
-Once you’ve stopped, activate your emergency lights to help other vehicles to see you.
-Your best bet is to call 9-1-1, a family member, a friend or a motor club for help. Be patient for their arrival. Remember they may have to get through traffic that your disabled vehicle has caused to get to you.
-Be ready with emergency supplies. You should keep flashlights, extra batteries, common tools, non-perishable foods and water in your vehicle for these types of emergencies.
-Set out warning triangles, cones or flares if you have them.
-Although it’s warm here in South Florida, keep jackets and blanket in your car just in case. The nights can get pretty chilly.
-Never accept a ride with someone who you don’t know.
-Ask emergency responders for identification before accepting help.
-Try not to leave your car parked in the roadway. This is how secondary accidents and pileups happen.
Drivers are asked to be careful. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. It’s important to leave an ample amount of space between you and other vehicles traveling on the road to help increase your ability to react.
If you or someone in your family has been involved in a car accident in Port St. Lucie, Pompano Beach or elsewhere in South Florida, contact our personal injury lawyers of Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-529-2368.
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