Sometimes it's not the initial accident that causes a traffic fatality,
rather it's when someone stops and gets out of their car that fatalities
occur. People get out of their cars if physically possible after being
involved in an accident to inspect what has happened or to assist others
at the scene. In a recent incident, three people were killed and eight
were injured after stopping and getting out of their car at the scene
of an auto accident on a dark road in the South Florida Everglades.
On December 9, 2014 three people were killed on when they stopped at the
scene of an auto accident where a women struck and killed a black bear.
Yoel Menendez, 44, Ricoberto Llanes, 43, and Alain Navarro, 46. All were
pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The accident happened on Snake
Road, north of Interstate 75 on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian reservation.
The three, traveling in the opposite direction, stopped and got out of
their car presumably to help the women, and were struck by an oncoming
car that may have been distracted by the spectacle of the auto accident
or surprised by the accident scene and unable to react in time. The SUV
side swiped the stopped vehicle, sending it into the five people standing
on the road side. Ironically, the women of the car that initially struck
the bear was not hurt.
The accident occurred about 18 miles north of Alligator Alley, halfway
between Fort Lauderdale and Naples in the heart of the Florida Everglades
where there is an estimated population of 3000 black bears. The road was
dark and there were no street light where the accident occurred.
It's human nature to get out of your car when to try and help the other
victims, but it's not a good idea because the hazardous road conditions
that caused the accident to occur in the first place, darkness or slippery
roads, could cause a secondary accident to occur. If you are involved
in an auto accident or see an auto accident that has recently occured,
you are probably safer and better off staying in your car and immediately
calling the police for assistance.