Highways are not typical destinations for pedestrians. However, more than 10% of all pedestrian accidents occur on interstate highways. There are some important steps to follow in case you are ever in a pedestrian accident on the freeway. There are also certain precautions that both drivers and pedestrians can take to avoid such accidents.
The steps to take
It is incredibly difficult to remain composed after a crash on the highway. If possible, try to remain calm and follow some basic steps. According to a FindLaw article from 2018, these basic steps include:
- If you are in your vehicle, try to get to a safe area on the highway such as the shoulder. If there is no shoulder, try to get to the right lane, the left lane or pull onto the nearest exit.
- Call the police to have them file a report
- Seek medical attention; call an ambulance if necessary
- Take pictures of the scene with your phone or a camera
- Get the name and contact information of the other person involved in the accident
- Get the name and contact information of any witnesses
- Do not speak with your insurance company
Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. They want to make a profit, not offer the settlement you deserve. Even if your insurer reaches out to you for a statement, do not speak to them without representation.
Avoiding pedestrian highway accidents
Although some accidents are unavoidable, you can go a long way in preventing them by adhering to these tips:
- Obey the speed limit, even if there are no other cars on the road
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Do not text or use handheld devices while driving
- Do not cross the highway except at stoplights, crosswalks or other marked areas
- Wear reflective tape or a flashing light when crossing the highway at night
- Walk facing traffic whenever possible
Some involve no fault on the part of the driver or pedestrian. Others, however, involve negligence that can, tragically, lead to a serious injury or death.