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Protect Yourself in the Event of a Car Accident

Posted on in Personal Injury

San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident, San Jose car accident attorneys, car accident injuries, traffic safety, car accident scenesCar accidents are dangerous events with the strong likelihood for serious and potentially life threatening personal injuries. Even in the event of a minor crash or collision, your actions in the immediate aftermath could put you at risk. It is important to follow the proper precautions at the accident scene, whether it occurs on a neighborhood street, parking lot, or on a major highway. The following highlights the potential dangers and offers tips on how to protect yourself.

Man Killed Emerging from Vehicle after San Jose Car Accident

In early March of 2018, a driver was killed in the aftermath of a car accident in San Jose. The incident highlights the potential risks these situations pose, and why it is important to protect yourself. The Mercury News reported that a local man suffered fatal injuries from being struck by a hit and run driver after emerging from his vehicle following a car accident on Interstate 280.

The initial crash happened just after 7:00 p.m., when a Honda Sedan hit a pickup truck, which in turn hit another vehicle. The pick up stopped in the median divider, while the two other vehicles were askew in their lanes. The driver of the Honda got out of his vehicle to assess the damage and exchange information with the other drivers, when he was struck by a passing motorist in the southbound lane. He ended up suffering fatal injuries. As of the report, the hit-and-run driver had not yet been identified.

Protecting Yourself at a Car Accident Scene

Car accident scenes are generally chaotic. Even in a relatively minor crash, those involved are likely to be in shock. It is important to be aware of the potential dangers you face during this time, particularly if your vehicle is still on the road and blocking traffic. According to the California Department of Insurance, your first step should be to notify local law enforcement or state highway officials.

Once they arrive, they can secure the accident site and help ensure your safety. If your vehicle is still drivable, you will want to pull over in a safe location. If this is not possible, you need to put your flashers on to alert passing motorists. Use caution before making the decision to leave your vehicle. Sitting in a disabled vehicle in the middle of the road puts you at risk, but so does exiting the vehicle amidst high traffic conditions. If you do get out of your car, make sure there are no other vehicles approaching and stand as far off the road as possible until the police arrive. Before making any statements pertaining to the accident itself, wait until after you have consulted with an attorney.

Let Us Help You Today

Before making any statements, which could jeopardize your rights in a claim, reach out and contact Jachimowicz Law Group first. Request a consultation with our dedicated San Jose car accident attorneys, who can help protect your rights in seeking compensation.

Sources:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/06/san-jose-driver-killed-exiting-from-car-after-i-280-crash/

http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/105-type/95-guides/01-auto/hadaccident.cfm

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