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Is it dangerous to stop on the freeway shoulder?

Sometimes you have no choice but to pull over to the shoulder when you are on the interstate. After all, you’re not going very far when you just got a flat tire or you are experiencing engine trouble. However, you and other Texas residents may want to think twice before pulling over on the freeway to double-check your directions or grab a snack from the trunk. Even stopping for a few moments on a busy freeway can have deadly consequences.

This point was tragically driven home be a recent fatal truck crash on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma. According to KXII News, a Texas truck driver was pulled over on the shoulder of the highway when another trucker, also from Texas, reportedly went off the road and plowed into the parked big rig. The second truck driver did not survive the crash, but the first trucker was treated for minor injuries. Authorities did not speculate on why the driver veered onto the shoulder or why the first truck driver was pulled over, but you can see how devastating it can be if you are pulled over and any vehicle, especially a truck, collides with your parked vehicle.

These kinds of collisions can occur if a driver is inattentive, intoxicated or distracted, has difficulty seeing vehicles pulled over or experiences problems with his or her own vehicle. As you know, traffic moves very fast on highways, increasing the chances of a fatality if your parked vehicle is struck or if you are hit while standing on the shoulder.

If you are having trouble on the road and need to pull over, call for help and get moving again or picked up as soon as possible. If you have a reason to stop that is not an emergency, you may want to consider pulling over at a rest stop or exiting from the freeway.

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