Whether you run out of gas, experience mechanical trouble, or are involved in an motor vehicle accident, having your car break down on a busy highway can be a scary experience. It can be especially dangerous at night or in inclement weather, since other drivers might not see your car in time to prevent a collision.
If you find yourself broken down on the highway, there are seven important steps you can take to ensure your safety.
- Move your vehicle as far away from traffic as possible.
- Turn on your hazard lights to make your car more visible to oncoming traffic.
- Raise your hood to signal that you are broken down.
- If possible, tie something white to your antenna or hang it out the window as a secondary signal.
- Get out of the car only if you are safely able to do so. When in doubt, it is best to stay in the car and keep your seatbelt on while you wait for help to arrive. (And don’t try to cross multiple lanes of traffic on a high-speed highway or stand beside your vehicle and attempt to flag down other motorists.)
- Call 911 to report your breakdown and request assistance from law enforcement personnel.
- If you were involved in an accident with another driver, exchange insurance information.
Tips for Calling 911 on Your Cell Phone
Whenever you call 911 for assistance, the operator will ask your location. This information can be hard to provide if you are driving in an unfamiliar area. If you are not sure of your location, look for nearby landmarks or businesses that the operator can reference, or think back to any milepost numbers or exits that you recently saw.
Please keep in mind that cell phone calls to 911 may land in a faraway city or county, depending upon what tower picks up your signal. You need to provide as much information as possible to assist the dispatcher in sending assistance or getting your call transferred to the proper location.
If you are speaking to a 911 operator and the call is disconnected, always call the operator back. Do not wait for the operator to call you, as there is no guarantee the operator received your phone number when the initial call was placed.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
If you are injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contacting a personal injury lawyer is the best way to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Holzer Edwards are dedicated to representing Idaho residents who have been injured due to the negligence of others.