On Thursday afternoon, two York County Sheriff’s deputies were hurt in a car crash near Charlotte. According to media reports, the two had stopped to help the driver of a truck that had stalled in traffic on I-77. As one of the deputies was outside the patrol car and the other still in it, an SUV rammed the car from behind. Both of the deputies, as well as the driver of the SUV, were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Law enforcement officers are always concerned when they have to stop on a road, or even on the side of the road, with traffic flowing by. Other motorists find themselves in that same dangerous situation if their car breaks down or an accident forces them to stop. If their car can manage it, motorists are generally told to pull over to the side of the road before stopping. Once parked on the side of the road, some people believe that the safest course is to remain in the car while waiting for help. However, the “Highway Road Tips” posted by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety advise otherwise: if motorists are involved in a crash or have other problems that force them to pull over to the side of a road, the driver and any passengers should all leave the car though the passengers’ side, move off the road, and stand away from the car. That way, they would be out of the path of drivers who might veer onto the shoulder and hit the stationary car.
The attorneys at Lee & Smith have represented people injured car accidents in both North and South Carolina. If you or someone you love has been injured in such an accident, Please contact us by phone or email for a free consultation regarding your case.