Let's prevent unnecessary tragic auto accidents
Recently, a woman fell to her death in Houston, Texas when her car was hit by a vehicle and she fell 40 feet from SH 610. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. It turns out the woman's car broke down as she was driving down the interstate. She did not turn on her hazard lights and then got out to open the hood to see what was wrong. It was then that her car was struck from behind, hit her, and she flew of the highway, falling to her death.
Although, we don't have all the details of this tragic auto accident, it is important that we remember that an auto accident can happen to anyone at any time.
For the victim, her car broke down, and she failed to turn on the hazard lights to indicate that the vehicle was stopped and needed help. This alone could have prevented this tragic auto accident from occurring. Now their family will have to live with the consequences of this unexpected situation.
For the driver who hit the victim, they also now become a victim of the trauma of accidentally killing another person as a result of this tragic auto accident. They now have to live with this mental scar for the rest of their life as a result of this tragic auto accident.
Although tragic auto accidents are exactly that, tragic accidents, there are certain things that we can do to help prevent these types of tragic auto accidents from happening to us or our loved ones.
- If your vehicle breaks down on the road, make sure you turn on your hazards, regardless of lighting conditions and whether it is day or night. Hazard lights are there for a purpose.
- Make sure the traffic behind you slowing down, aware and moving away from you. Only then should you exit the vehicle.
- If possible try to move the vehicle off the main road before attempting to make repairs. Also if the vehicle is not in immediate danger like fire or explosion, wait to get help from a police or tow truck so their signaling can deter traffic.
- If the vehicle has a small fire and you have a fire extinguisher, try to put out the fire. If the fire is bigger than you think you can handle with the equipment on hand, step as far away from the vehicle as possible and let it burn until the fire department arrives. No loss of property is valuable enough to justify burns, or even death resulting from being exposed to the fire, the fumes or even an explosion. Step away, it is not worth it.
- For drivers, as you are driving, please follow the law. Don't speed. Keep the proper distance. Keep your eyes on the road. Be fully aware of your surroundings, especially at night. And please no texting and driving.
These simple tips can prevent a routine vehicle malfunction from turning into a tragic auto accident in Texas or anywhere in the world.
Unfortunately, tragic and life changing auto and 18-wheeler accidents happen every day. Although these types of tragic auto and 18-wheeler accidents can be caused by many factors, it is important that a full investigation is completed and the parties responsible are held accountable for the personal injuries or loss of life caused. It is important that the victims of 18-wheeler and auto accidents have the best available resources to them to make sure that they are represented by an experienced personal injury attorney that can represent them to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for their accident injuries and / or loss of life.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a similar or other type of tragic or 18-wheeler accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact The Leon Law Firm immediately for a confidential and complimentary case evaluation. If we take on your case, you do not have to pay us a single penny unless we win for you. Over the last 20 years, we have helped hundreds of accident victims get compensated for their accident injuries and we may be able to help you too. Give us a call today 281-980-4529.