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Pedestrian accidents on highways

Pedestrian accidents are almost always severe, but they are deadly or even fatal if they occur on an interstate highway. Cars and trucks travel at much faster speeds on these highways, therefore, it is far more likely that a person will suffer severe or fatal injuries if they are struck by a car. This post will go over how these accidents happen and what you can do to avoid them.

You are probably thinking, how do pedestrians get struck on interstates? They aren’t allowed on interstates, and there is no reason for a person to take a jog alongside one. You are correct, most pedestrians who are struck on the interstate were not there on purpose. Most of these accidents result because a car broke down and the driver is attempting to deal with the situation.

Often cars break down in the lanes or on the side of the highway, therefore, the driver has to:

  1. Push the car to the side of the highway;
  2. Open up the hood;
  3. Walk to find a call box;
  4. Alternatively, may just stand outside of the car while they wait for roadside assistance.

In each of these situations, it only takes another driver who is paying half attention to kill the pedestrian. You may notice that police officers, when giving tickets on a highway, rarely stand on the same side as traffic – that is for safety.

If your car breaks down on the highway, you need to push it to the side and to set-up visual alerts to warn another driver. But, once you do that, you should stay in your vehicle and call for assistance. Do not get out of your car and start tinkering under the hood.

If you were injured in an accident with a car, then you probably suffered serious injuries and may need long-term medical care. If that is the case, you should contact a lawyer as soon as you can. A lawsuit is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but it is crucial that you act to secure your rights before they are barred by the time-limiting statutes. You may need the money from a settlement or judgment to pay for your future medical bills; an attorney can help you get the money you need. 

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