Vehicle Accidents: How Can I Avoid a Crash When My Car Breaks Down?

Photo of Car being towed after accident with police car in backgroundWhenever your vehicle breaks down on the roadway, you should use caution and attempt to get the vehicle to the shoulder of the road as soon as possible to avoid an accident.

If you can, when your vehicle is experiencing issues, try to coast it to the side of the road or find a safe spot where traffic is not an issue. If you cannot do this, you should attempt to put your hazard lights on and contact roadside assistance immediately. If you do not have roadside assistance, you can always contact the highway patrol.

You should not get out of your vehicle if it is experiencing issues. To avoid being involved in an accident outside of your car, remain in your vehicle until someone can safely assist you.

Additionally, keep in mind, vehicle maintenance can play a big role in keeping your vehicle from breaking down on the side of the road. You should regularly check your vehicle for potential issues that may cause it to break down.

Sadly, on October 24, an 18-year-old from Chapmansboro was killed in a fiery car accident on Interstate 40 West in downtown Nashville. The crash reportedly occurred at 5:45 p.m.

Investigators told WKRN-TV that they believe the man’s vehicle was broken down in a traffic lane before it was struck by a tractor-trailer, catching fire.

Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Vehicle Accident?

Even if you use safety procedures, regrettably, another vehicle on the roadway can strike you. If you are involved in an accident like this, you should talk to our Nashville car accident attorney, who can have your case evaluated and potentially investigated.

Each year, there are more than 10 million auto accidents in the U.S. Unfortunately, sometimes you cannot control the condition of other vehicles on the road, or how other drivers react to vehicles experiencing problems. Call us today.

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7


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