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Pedestrian accidents on interstates can be deadly affairs

People may not expect to find a pedestrian on one of California's interstate highways, but according to one source, more than 10 percent of all pedestrian deaths take place on interstate highways. There are a number of reasons as to why pedestrians would be on an interstate highway, and drivers should be aware of this possibility so that they can avoid a pedestrian accident.

One reason a pedestrian might be on an interstate highway is if he or she is trying to cross it. This can be dangerous, as most cars on the highway are travelling at a very fast rate of speed. If drivers are not paying attention to the road, they may not see the pedestrian in time to slow down and avoid a crash.

In addition, one source reports that over 90 percent of accidents where a pedestrian is walking in the roadway take place after the sun goes down. Obviously, it can be hard to spot a pedestrian in the dark. This is another time in which driver inattention can be extremely dangerous.

Also, sometimes a person's car breaks down and they have to pull over to the shoulder of the highway to repair their vehicle. Drivers on highways should always be on the lookout for pedestrians near broken down vehicles, to avoid a crash. This also holds true when pedestrians are walking or standing on the shoulder of the highway, and if a pedestrian is on the highway after being involved in a prior accident. They may be laying in the roadway as a victim of the crash, exchanging insurance information, looking over the damage to their vehicle or simply waiting for the police or emergency aid to arrive. Again, driver inattention could lead to a pedestrian accident in any of these scenarios.

As this shows, while it may not be a common occurrence, motorists should expect to see pedestrians on an interstate highway from time to time, for a variety of reasons. Driver inattention can be a serious problem in these situations. Pedestrians hit by vehicles on the interstate may wind up seriously injured or even dead. In either of these cases, the injured victim or his or her loved ones, in the case of a fatality, may want to explore whether they can pursue compensation from the responsible driver.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents on Interstate Highways," Accessed Nov. 7, 2016

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