As personal injury attorneys helping seriously injured victims of car accidents throughout Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches, we want to remind our fellow Floridians of the dangers of exiting a disabled vehicle along our roadways. Just this month, three people who stopped to help a disabled motorist were hit and killed by a passing car in Plantation. Those needless wrongful deaths bring the total of disabled driver and occupant deaths to more than 11 over the past year alone.
Despite Florida Highway Patrol requests that such motorists seek the safety of standing behind guardrails, too often drivers and passenger simply stand, unprotected along busy highways-a certain recipe for disaster. The Highway Patrol reminds drivers that if you can’t find the safety of a guardrail, then staying in your car is safer. The FHP stresses that drivers should consider the time of day, visibility, lighting and what type of road you are along, when deciding if it is safe to exit a disabled vehicle.
We urge all of our fellow Floridians to exercise extreme caution along our deadly roadways.