The Dangers Of Stalled & Disabled Vehicles On Highways

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The Dangers Of Stalled & Disabled Vehicles On Highways

Dramatic Video Captures 18-Wheeler Slamming Into Disabled Vehicle on Busy Highway

An unoccupied vehicle that was stranded on a busy interstate burst into flames after a large 18-wheeler slammed into it from behind. The accident occurred last month in Minnesota and was captured on video. Thankfully, there were no injuries and state police have stated the driver of the disabled pickup struck a deer and abandoned his vehicle in the middle of the road.


Truck bursts into flames after being hit by semi on Minnesota freeway

Stalled and Disabled Vehicles On Highways Are Extremely Dangerous

Unfortunately, these types of accidents are not uncommon and we discussed a similar incident several months ago involving a multi-vehicle pile up stemming from an abandoned car on the road.

Stalled and disabled vehicles, particularly on busy highways, can create extremely hazardous situations and this latest video is an important reminder to always stay vigilant while driving. This includes refraining from texting, keeping both hands on the wheel and avoiding distractions.

Helpful Reminders If Your Vehicle Begins To Fail

If you begin to notice your vehicle is not operating properly and has the potential to become inoperable, it is vital that you immediately pull over to the safest location possible. Do not attempt to continue driving a distressed car as doing so will only increase your chances of becoming hit once it is disabled. When your vehicle is safely parked, make sure to follow these helpful tips:

  • Turn on your emergency/hazard lights.
  • Call authorities and/or roadside assistance as soon as possible and try to give them an exact location.
  • Do not attempt any repairs on the side of the road.
  • If it’s safe to do so, stay inside your vehicle while waiting for assistance and keep your doors locked.

You also may want to consider enrolling in a roadside assistance program through your insurance company or a third-party such as AAA. Most insurance companies offer this service as a relatively inexpensive add-on to policies and can assist with things such as battery recharging, flat tire repair, fuel delivery, winching and towing.


As the summer driving season begins to wind down, we want to use the above video as an additional motivator to stay safe on the road. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with injuries, contact our Nashville-based office at 615-244-2111 for a free and confidential consultation. Our law firm works on a contingency basis. Unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf, there is no fee.

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Stillman & Friedland

Middle Tennessee Accident Attorneys