Two Killed in MoPac Shoulder Accident

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 6-Sep-2011

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Two people died this morning when they were run over by a car after pulling onto the shoulder at RR 2222. The driver of a vehicle pulled over to help a stranded motorcyclist when both people were hit by an oncoming car at around 2:30 a.m., police said.

Northbound traffic was diverted from MoPac to exit RR 2222 but lanes have since reopened, authorities said. Authorities are still investigating the car accident and no details have been released regarding the identity of the victims killed.

Studies have shown that when drivers see vehicles pulled to the side of the road, they have a tendency to look, causing some cars to drift in that direction. No matter what reason pushes drivers to the side of the road, hazards exist that make such situations very dangerous for both the driver and passengers, especially those who step out of their car.

Drivers who find themselves in situations where pulling onto the shoulder is necessary can take precautions to improve their safety.

  • Pull as far off the road, to the right, as possible
  • Turn on hazard lights
  • Use emergency flares or triangles when possible
  • When exiting a car for any reason, drivers and passengers should stay out of the road and as far right as possible.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle or car accident, call our accident attorneys in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit one of our law offices in Texas today for a free consultation.

Update: The driver who was killed when he pulled to the side of the road to help a motorcyclist Sept. 6 has been identified as Brian McKernan, 44. McKernan was a well known figure within the community, working with substance abuse sufferers at Whitman-Walker Health.

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