Recently, in my office, we have been assisting a client in a particularly bad injury case as due two fractured legs he suffered when he was struck by another vehicle from behind after pulling over to the side of the road due to his car being out of gas. Our client was simply going to his truck to get a gas can, when a distracted driver veered off the road and hit and injured him.
This unfortunate event caused me to think of what exactly you should do when pulling over safely to the side of the road if you are out of gas. Here are some tips I found:
- Steer you car off to the roadway as far as you possibly can. If possible, try to find a parking lot or another safe area. If possible, pull to the side of the road as far as you safely can. Be cautious of any dips in the road and/or medians that would cause your car more damage.
- Look around and be aware of your surroundings. Pay close attention to road signs and mile markers so you can determine where you are and advise others.
- Call for assistance. You can call a roadside assistance number either from the sign on the side of the roadway (they are in blue throughout Florida’s Interstates) or call 911. Advise the person on the other end of any special circumstances, such as if you are transporting children or elderly individuals in your car.
- Be aware of the weather and temperature. If extremely hot or extremely cold take appropriate measures, including bundling up and/or finding shade.
You should always have the following items in your car to be prepared to deal with emergency situations in case you are left stranded in the side of the road:
- a 2-gallon gas can
- a flashlight
- a blanket
- drinking water
- jumper cables
- a fully charged cell phone
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Remember, if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, take measures to make sure that you are safely removed from ongoing traffic and notify someone of your circumstances as soon as possible. These measures can save you from suffering significant injury as a result of being struck by a car.