How to Avoid Deadly Highway Shoulder Accidents

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Accidents on the highway shoulder can happen in the blink of an eye, often resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. The AAA Foundation estimates that 12% of all interstate highway deaths result from shoulder accidents. At RAM Law, we understand the dangers individuals face when navigating the roadside, whether it’s a flat tire, engine trouble, or a needed break.

If you’ve been injured in a highway shoulder accident, know that you’re not alone. Our experienced team at RAM Law is here to support you every step of the way. We specialize in personal injury cases involving highway accidents, offering compassionate guidance and aggressive representation to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Remember, safety is paramount. If you find yourself in need of assistance on the highway shoulder:

  • Stay Alert: Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when pulling over to the shoulder. Keep an eye on the traffic around you.
  • Use Hazard Lights: Turn on your hazard lights to indicate to other drivers that you are slowing down or stopped.
  • Pull Over Completely: Move your vehicle as far onto the shoulder as possible to create space between your car and the traffic lane.
  • Stay Inside the Vehicle: If possible, remain inside your vehicle while on the shoulder. Exiting the vehicle can put you at risk, especially if there’s heavy traffic.
  • Watch for Oncoming Traffic: Before exiting your vehicle, check for oncoming traffic, especially if you need to change a tire or perform any roadside repairs.
  • Stay Visible: Increase your visibility by turning on your interior dome light, especially at night. You can also use reflective triangles or flares if you have them.
  • Be Cautious with Emergency Services: If emergency vehicles are assisting you, follow their instructions carefully and stay clear of any ongoing traffic.
  • Be Mindful of Weather Conditions: In adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or fog, it’s even more critical to be cautious on the shoulder.
  • Signal Before Re-entering Traffic: When ready to re-enter the roadway, signal your intentions early and merge back into traffic gradually.
  • Keep Emergency Supplies: Have essential items like a first aid kit, flashlight, water, and blankets in your vehicle in case of emergencies.

By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of accidents while on the highway shoulder and ensure your safety and the safety of others around you.

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