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Shaq Assists Crash Victims on Interstate 75 in Florida (FL)


July 19, 2020

FLORIDA- Thedestinlog.com writes that Shaquille O’Neal stopped to check on victims of a car crash on Interstate 75 this week. The former basketball pro remained on the scene until officers arrived.*

Police stated that they recognized the sports broadcaster immediately, but said that he did not stay too long, and left as soon as responders arrived. Footage from an officer’s dashcam shows O’Neal with a child who had been in the vehicle. A woman in the car indicated that the crash was caused by a blown tire. 

Officers said that O’Neal was simply acting as a good citizen, and was not looking for accolades. 

If you witness a car accident, the first thing to keep in mind is your safety. Pulling too close can put you in the path of fires, fuel leaks, and broken glass. It is important to put on hazard lights as well, and you should always make a call to 911. Do not assume that another witness will call the authorities. 

If it is safe to exit your car, check on the people in the vehicles. In most cases, you should not move an injured person. The only exception is if the car is on fire. 

In the case of minor crashes, it is okay to ask to put the cars in park or turn them off. Doing this can reduce the chance of a fire or another accident. 

It is not the job of the witnesses to assign fault, but it is important to speak to the police and provide a statement of what you saw. Statements should be honest and based on facts. Officers will take your contact information, and it is possible that lawyers, insurance agents, or others may contact you in the future. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or a family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.thedestinlog.com/news/20200714/shaq-helps-family-after-florida-crash-on-interstate-75

https://www.geico.com/living/driving/auto/car-safety-insurance/what-to-do-if-you-witness-a-car-accident/


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