Last week, two people were hospitalized in a series of collisions on the 110 Freeway in LA. A stalled car triggered the devastating accidents, leaving others scrambling, trying to avoid a head-on crash into the vehicle.

As drivers, the last thing you expect is for your car to start stalling while on a busy road or highway. When it happens, it’s important to keep calm, keep your eyes on the road, and try to pull off to the side of the road. When the engine quits while the car is in motion, you’ll have enough power to at least steer to a safer location.

At Accident Lawyers Firm, we recognize that these accidents can happen suddenly and feel like a significant inconvenience. However, our personal injury attorney would tell you that the steps you take immediately afterward matter the most. We share a few tips below.

  1. Turn on the hazard lights. Pull to the right side of the road if you suspect something is wrong with your vehicle.
  2. If you’re unable to pull to the side of the road, ensure the hazard lights are on. Call 911 or a towing company.
  3. Stuck in the middle? Check the rearview mirror and remain in the vehicle (seatbelt on). Should you need to exit the car, open the passenger door.
  4. Fight the urge to assess or repair the damage. Instead, wait for roadside assistance to arrive. They are equipped with the tools needed to flag other drivers and increase visibility.

Individuals who fail to put on their hazard lights, exit the car carelessly, or abandon their vehicle are liable for the injuries other drivers suffer. Californians have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road. If you were recently involved in a similar accident, reach out to an injury attorney for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.