Preventing Accidents from Becoming FatalJune 18, 2018
Some of the most common types of car accidents include minor fender benders and rear-end collisions. Motorists involved in these accidents tend to walk away from the incident with minimal injuries. However, in some cases, a minor accident can turn fatal if the vehicles involved in the accident do not move a safe distance from oncoming traffic. Sadly, this is what happened when two SUV drivers were involved in a minor collision recently in Silver Spring, Maryland. After the accident, one of the drivers who had gotten out of the vehicle was struck by another SUV that was driving by. This tragic accident could have been avoided if the drivers involved had moved to a safe area before getting out of the car.
According to the Montgomery County police captain, the first thing motorists should do after a minor collision, aside from making sure that no one is seriously injured, is move their vehicles onto the shoulder, or off the road if possible. If there is no shoulder where the accident occurred, talk to the other driver and agree on a spot to relocate to where you can exchange information and call 911. For example, if you are near a parking lot or a rest area, meet there so that you are not putting yourselves in greater danger by remaining in the road or in the middle of an intersection.
An Exception to the Rule
In the state of Maryland, it is against the law to leave the scene of an accident before police arrive. However, when both parties involved agree to move to a safer location to avoid putting themselves in greater danger, this is not considered leaving the scene. Once in a safer spot, the motorists can then safely exchange insurance information, driver’s license numbers, and other contact information while they wait for police to arrive.
There are some situations when it may be safer to remain at the scene. If you are traveling alone, and it is dark outside, it may be safer to stay put if the road is busy and well lit, as opposed to pulling over to a dark and deserted parking lot. The police captain went on to say that every situation is different, and it is up to the drivers involved to make a judgement call. However, when in doubt, it is always recommended that the police be notified. Safety should always be a top priority.
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