Disabled Vehicle Accident Claims Life of Fort Pierce Man
Every driver dreads that moment when mechanical defects or unexpected events such as a flat tire cause your vehicle to falter and break down on the side of the road. Unfortunately, in addition to the financial costs and inconvenience associated with these incidents, they can also put you at risk for accidents resulting in serious personal injuries. A recent disabled vehicle crash that proved fatal for a Fort Pierce man highlights the dangers stranded motorists face.
Fort Pierce Man Struck While Stranded
Standing on the side of a busy highway or rural road and waiting for help to arrive due to a disabled vehicle leaves you vulnerable to being struck by passing motorists. According to a January 31, 2019 news report in the TCPalm, it was this type of accident which recently claimed the life of a Fort Pierce man.
29-year-old Matthew Greenberg was traveling eastbound on U.S. 192 in a rural section of Osceola County when he began experiencing car problems. It was just shortly before 3:30 a.m. when Greenberg pulled his 2002 Hyundai to the outside lane, stopping with the vehicle still partially on the road.
Florida Highway Patrol reports that as Greenberg was standing there and waiting for help to arrive, a 2004 tractor-trailer driven by 39-year-old Oren Windross of Margate approached from behind in the same eastbound lane. It is likely the tractor trailer did not see the vehicle until it was too late to respond. Windross first struck the Hyundai and then struck Greenberg, who died at the scene. Investigators are still looking into the accident but say that alcohol was not a factor.
Protecting Yourself When Disabled on the Road
The best way to protect yourself against the dangers of a breakdown is to have your vehicle checked regularly by a licensed mechanic. Unfortunately, even the most well maintained car can still suffer a sudden breakdown. In the event this happens, Esurance advises drivers to follow these tips:
- At the first signs of mechanical difficulty, turn on your hazard lights and pull to the side of the road.
- Always attempt to get as far off the road as possible, to avoid being struck by another vehicle.
- In most cases, the safest bet is to exit and stand as far away as possible from the vehicle.
- If you are on a busy road or highway, triple check traffic going in all directions before attempting to open your door or stepping into the road.
- Call local law enforcement to report the breakdown.
- Do not try to fix the vehicle on the side of the road. Wait for help to arrive and have the vehicle towed.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When you or a loved one is injured in an accident, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III provides the trusted legal guidance and professional representation you need to ensure your rights are protected. Call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney and request a consultation to discuss how we can assist you today.