A man from Pembroke Pines, Florida, was killed on Saturday, January 27 while attempting to fix a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of Sawgrass Expressway in Lauderhill.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 63-year-old man had pulled to the side of the road around 7 a.m. to work on a disabled 2017 Chevy Cruze. The vehicle was partially in the northbound travel lane, close to the Oakland Park Boulevard entrance ramp. A 43-year-old man driving a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup that was hauling a trailer with a front-loader tractor was coming onto the expressway when it struck the Chevy Cruze from behind. The collision caused the vehicle to be pushed onto the man working on it. He died immediately.
Meanwhile, the impact also forced the truck off the road and into some water next to the highway.
Drivers must be careful to avoid hazards
All motorists have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care and safety while behind the wheel. This means paying attention to their surroundings and avoiding any potential hazards.
Drivers who pull over to the shoulder should get entirely off the roadway when possible. However, it is the responsibility of other drivers on the road to move and avoid them whenever possible. It is typically advisable for motorists to temporarily shift lanes to give people pulled to the side of the road a little more space.
To learn more about the process of determining liability in an auto accident, contact a trusted Sarasota personal injury attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.