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Pedestrian deaths on interstates shouldn't happen, but do

If you have a driver's license, whether it's issued by Texas or some other state in the union, chances are that you are familiar with the signs at the entrance ramps to freeways. The message of the one we are talking about is pretty clear. The sign reads, "Pedestrians, bicycles, motorized bicycles, non-motorized traffic prohibited."

That being the case, it should be no surprise that pedestrians are rarely seen on the interstates. Indeed, we suspect few drivers even look for someone on foot. They might not be surprised to see various wild animals, but about the only time they might watch for a human being is if they spotted a car on the side of the road with its emergency flashers going.

Still, accidents resulting in the injury or death to pedestrians are not unheard of on U.S. freeways. Accidents involving a vehicle colliding with a pedestrian are rarely simple matters. When they occur on freeways, not only do they tend to result in the severest of trauma to the victim, but the legal ramifications related to assigning fault may make it more difficult to seek and obtain recovery.

Laws differ by state, but FindLaw observes there may be instances when a driver responsible for injury or death may be held liable for general negligence for failing to see a pedestrian. Compensation might also be pursued from state and federal agencies if it can be shown that poor design or roadwork contributed to the pedestrian making his or her way into restricted lanes.

Whether a case may exist in any given circumstances is something to discuss with an attorney experienced in personal injury law.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents on Interstate Highways," accessed Jan. 6, 2015

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