Traffic Safety in Los Angeles: Use Caution During Breakdowns

December 31, 1969

It can happen to the best of us. It doesn't matter what kind of car you drive or where you're driving it -- breakdowns happen.

It's how you handle these breakdowns that can mean the difference between life and death. Luckily, there are a few simple things that you can do to help to make sure that you and your passengers stay safe.
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Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys are here to offer you safety tips to help protect you in the unfortunate event of a breakdown. Please review the following and share them with your friends and family members to help make sure you stay safe at the side of the road.

Breakdown Safety Tips:

-Make sure that you always have a properly-charged cell phone with you.

-Avoid driving through the bad parts of town. Travel in safe a populated areas so you don't run the risk of anymore problems in the event of a breakdown.

-Where ever you stop, whether it's on a highway or on a freeway, if you're stuck in the middle of the road, do not leave your vehicle and try to walk to the side of the road if you're not absolutely positive that you can make it all the way across safely. If you're on a really busy road, you can almost expect someone to call the California Highway Patrol (CHP) of 9-1-1.

-Leave your hood up. That's the universal sign for distress.

-Don't be afraid to use your hazard lights.

-Stay in the vehicle and keep your seat belt on.

-If you have to get out of the car, make sure you're facing oncoming traffic and ready to react in case other vehicles don't see you.

-If you're lucky enough to breakdown on a bridge, a highway or a freeway that has call boxes, feel free to use them. Only exit your vehicle and go to the call box if you know you can make it to and from it safely.

-In the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, the CHP, Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission all operate an official fleet of tow trucks of the busier roads. They're here to help to look for broken down motorists. This service is free and officials can help you jump start your car, change a tire and can even tow you to a safe place.

-If you get stranded in an area with no call boxes and you don't have a phone on you, just wait it you. A law enforcement officer is bound to spot you, stop and help.

-It's important to remember that you should only dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone if you're in real danger or there's a real emergency.

-If you experience a flat and there's no safe place to pull over, drive on the rim until you get to a safe area. It's worth sacrificing a rim if you can save your life!

-Be patient. Help isn't instantaneous. Tow trucks are limited, but are here to help. Sit tight. Help is on the way!

If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, contact personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.

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