TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – As we’ve unfortunately seen, pulling over to help someone on the side of the road can quickly take a turn for the worse. If not careful, good intentions can put you and others in further danger.
It’s usually a natural instinct. You pass a vehicle on the side of the road and feel like you should help. But, sometimes it’s easy to forget to look out for yourself as well.
Indiana State Trooper Brandon Mullen tells us after last night’s fatal, we are again reminded of this.
“According to the investigation done by the troopers, the Good Samaritan apparently had stepped out into traffic and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. I believe it’s fantastic that there are people out there who want to help others. If you’re going to help someone out, the number one important thing is your safety and the safety of others,” Mullen said.
Mullen recommends keeping reflective gear in your vehicle to keep you visible-such as a reflective shirt, a flash light, or even a light from your cell phone.
If you don’t have these on you, he recommends the basic safety tips.
“If you’re going to be out helping somebody, always be aware of the traffic because they probably aren’t going to see you so you have to make sure you see them,” he said. “The best thing to do if you can is to park behind the vehicle, with your hazards on. And if they are not on the road causing a hazard the best thing to do is pick up the phone and call 911, let us come out and handle it. It’s great that people are willing to help others but just make sure that you do it safely and use good judgment.”