When driving on a highway on Philadelphia, you are very likely to see a car pull over onto the shoulder of the road. Some of you may have had to pull over onto the shoulder of the road for some reason at some point of your life. Reasons why motorists pull over to the side vary from one case to another, but some of the most common ones are:
- Tire blowout
- Issues with the braking system
- Engine trouble
- Running out of fuel
- Warning light
- Crying child
- Urgent phone call or text message or
- Bad weather
“There are many emergencies and distractions that occur while operating a vehicle that require a driver to pull off of the road to give his or her full and undivided attention to,” says our Philadelphia shoulder of road accident attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
Road shoulder accidents
And while it’s definitely a good thing that drivers decide to stop their vehicle and pull onto the shoulder of the road as opposed to continuing driving and either ignoring an emergency or getting distracted while driving, having your vehicle parked on the shoulder creates the risk of causing a car accident.
The same can be said if you are driving and there is a vehicle on the shoulder of the road, as there is an increased risk of colliding with that vehicle, especially when the vehicle is blocking your lane. Thousands of people get injured in road shoulder accidents in Pennsylvania and all across the U.S. each year, which makes pulling onto the shoulder of the road inherently dangerous for both the motorist inside the parked vehicle and motorists in passing vehicles.
As you may know, pulling onto the shoulder should be done only in an emergency situation where no other alternative option is available.
Causes of shoulder of road accidents in Pennsylvania
Pursuing compensation after a roadside accident in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania can be extremely difficult, since it can be challenging to determine who is liable for this type of accident.
Many road shoulder accidents occur when a driver pulls onto the shoulder of the road but fails to fully remove his or her vehicle from the lanes of traffic. “When there is even a tiny portion of the vehicle left in the lanes of traffic, there is a heightened risk of a roadside car crash,” explains our experienced road shoulder accident attorney in Philadelphia.
Also, it often happens that drivers in passing vehicles do not understand that the vehicle is off the road and may crash into it, thinking that the roadside vehicle is traveling in another lane. This type of crash is more likely to happen at night, when the parked vehicle on the shoulder cannot be clearly seen from a distance, especially when its lights are off.
How to determine liability in a roadside accident?
Under Pennsylvania law, drivers experiencing problems with the vehicle or in an emergency situation have a duty to completely remove their vehicle from the road. Liability for a shoulder of road accident depends on where the stopped vehicle was situated, why the driver pulled onto the shoulder, whether he or she used lights to warn other motorists of his or her presence on the shoulder, and why the other motorist collided with the roadside vehicle.
In order to determine liability in a roadside accident, it is advised to speak to a Philadelphia road shoulder accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. Contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation by calling at 215-543-7220.