Auto - Pedestrian Accidents
Posted By Klein Frank, P.C.
This week, Colorado saw too many pedestrian - automobile accidents on highways. On October 14, 2007, two pedestrians were hit while attempting to walkfrom a wreck on Interstate 25 in Lone Tree.One person in the car got out to inspect the damage and was injured when a second vehicle collided with the stopped vehicle, according to Lone Tree police. One of thepedestrians died today. Last weektwo Colorado State Patrol troopers were hit by a pickup that slid into them while they helped a motorist on a highway. TrooperZach Templetondied from his injuries Friday evening. What Should You Do If You're In Accident On The Highway Or Your Car Breaks Down? Having your car break down on the highway is frightening. So what should you do? Here are some suggestions: Car Breaks Down Or You Have An Accident& You Can't Get Over To The Shoulder Police officers advise that when theyhave had to stop with a police car in an active lane, officers don't put the vehicle in park. Instead, they sitwith the brake on and carefully watch the rear view mirror"because we get hit all the time."If it looks like someone's coming, you can take evasive action. Every situation will be different in terms of location, weather and traffic flow, but if you can,police officers suggest thatyou find a safe place outside your vehicle to wait. Your Car Breaks Down & You're On The Shoulder No matter what time of day it is, or how busy the road, you should never get out of your vehicle. Your best bet is to call a tow truck.Tow trucks can block the highway behind you.Don't be afraid to call 911. You should never open your car door or window to a stranger, especially if you're a female motorist. When Is It Safe To Change A Flat Tire? If you get a flat and you're on the side of the highway, is it safe to change the tire? Only if the distance between where the vehicle is, as far as the tire change, does not afford you in any way being an obstruction to a live lane of traffic."If you areclose to the white line, forget changing the tire. The preference is that you stay in your car, turn the hazard lights on, and call 911. If you don't have a cell phone, place a 'Call Help' or 'Call Police' sign in your window. Those placards can be purchased at most hardware stores, or you can make one and keep it in your car for emergencies.