Almost any crash that occurs on the highway is going to be a serious crash just because of the speeds that vehicles travel. The issue is even more serious when a pedestrian is on the highway and is struck. There are many different points that you have to consider when a pedestrian is struck on the highway.
Oftentimes, the pedestrian is going to suffer injuries when they are struck by a vehicle that is going at highway speeds. These injuries can be catastrophic and require considerable medical care. This medical care is expensive, so pedestrians might choose to seek compensation for their injuries.
One issue that is going to come up after this type of accident is why the pedestrian was on the roadway. On some highways and interstates, pedestrians are forbidden. In this case, the motorists on the road might not have known that they needed to watch for pedestrians.
It is possible that the pedestrian was on the road because their vehicle broke down. This is a serious situation, but pedestrians in these cases can often stay as safe as possible by remaining in the vehicle and calling someone for help.
Some pedestrians might be on the road because they are trying to cross the road. This is a difficult situation since not everywhere is friendly for pedestrians and not crossing the highway could mean that they have to walk a lot farther than what they did when they crossed the highway.
It is imperative for anyone who is struck by a vehicle think carefully about whether they are going to seek compensation or not. This decision could have a big impact on their future.
Source: FindLaw, “Pedestrian Accidents on Interstate Highways,” accessed Sep. 29, 2017