Should I Pull Over If I Witness a Vehicle Accident?

Photo of Car crash with 2 vehiclesPicture yourself driving down the highway and seeing a major accident take place in front of you. How would you respond? Would you pull over to assist the victims?

We bring this up because, sadly, on February 16, a mother and her son were killed in a Williamson County accident after pulling over to the side of the road on Interstate 65 to assist the victims of an SUV crash. The Good Samaritans, Kristi Clark, 34, and her son, Carter Oakley, 10, were aiding victims when they were struck and killed by a passing tractor-trailer. The crash took place approximately one mile south of Murfreesboro Road, just after 9:15 p.m.

The SUV accident reportedly was a result of poor winter weather in the area. Two of the five passengers in the SUV also suffered from critical injuries. Clark and her son were standing outside of the vehicle when they were struck by the tractor-trailer. Carter died at the scene. Kristi passed away later at Williamson Medical Center, according to WKRB-TV.

“Kristi and her son, Carter, are heroes,” Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner said in a statement. The accident remains under investigation.

Acting as a Good Samaritan Following an Accident

Sadly, each year, hundreds of Americans are struck and killed on the side of roadways assisting accident victims. We are not telling you this to dissuade you from helping someone if you encounter a crash, we just want you to stay safe.

The decision to assist victims should come with your security first. Unfortunately, as this case shows, if you ever come across a vehicle accident while you are driving, you should try to find a safe place to pull over if you are going to assist the victims. In addition to this, you need to remain calm and contact emergency officials as quickly as possible. Remember, if you are going to pull your vehicle over, you need to leave room for emergency vehicles and first responders.

Keep in mind, you need to make sure you evaluate any crash scene prior to parking your vehicle.

Having a Vehicle Accident Investigated

If your loved one is killed or injured in a vehicle accident, or is harmed while assisting accident victims, it may be in your best interest to have the crash investigated by an attorney. An attorney may be able to determine if negligence or recklessness played a role in the crash.

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