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Pedestrian crashes on highways can complicate to litigation

Though it can happen, it is not common for Connecticut residents to see pedestrians on the state's interstate highways. When individuals are spotted out of their vehicles and on or near high speed roads it is usually because they have been involved in accidents or because their vehicles have become disabled and they are not able to drive. More rarely, individuals may enter on to highways to cross them or because they provide a direct route to the pedestrians' destinations.

It is generally against the law to walk along a highway or freeway since it is very dangerous for individuals to be that close to fast moving automobiles. When accidents happen or vehicles become disabled it is generally recommended that motorists stay out of the roads and in or near their vehicles so that they may remain visible to others. However, just as accidents between vehicles can happen on highways, so too can collisions between cars and people when pedestrians are present.

To determine liability in a highway-based pedestrian accident a court may look at why the pedestrian was present on or near the roadway in the first place. If they were unable to leave the highway because of car trouble or injury then they may not be found at fault for the subsequent collision; a pedestrian that darts out into highway traffic and is struck by a moving car may carry some of their own liability for the injuries they sustain.

Drivers on all roads must remain attentive to prevent collisions with automobiles, cyclists, and pedestrians. However, pedestrian accidents highways can present some unique complications. These matters should be discussed with readers' personal injury attorneys for clarification on specific case-related issues.

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