WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas - A pedestrian walking across a highway was fatally struck Sunday night after being caught in the middle of a car-on-car collision, according to Fort Worth police.
As reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the accident occurred on Interstate 820 in White Settlement.
Up to three vehicles tried to avoid the man, says a police spokeswoman. One of the vehicles rolled over in the process.
The man - whose identity has not been released - died at the scene.
Are pedestrians allowed on major highways?
Nearly all states prohibit pedestrians from walking along or crossing major highways. In Texas, walking along a highway isn't encouraged, but if necessary pedestrians must walk on the left side facing oncoming traffic. Most pedestrian accidents happen on sidewalks and crosswalks, but many do occur on large highways like I-35 and I-820.
A fatal pedestrian collision on a highway makes for a complex legal situation - most highways don't provide safety measures for traveling pedestrians since people aren't meant to be there on foot in the first place. However, when an accident does happen, pedestrian injury is usually severe.
Are pedestrian-highway accidents always avoidable?
Usually, but not always. For instance, if you get a flat tire, you'll need to pull over to the side of the highway to change it. Similarly, if you're involved in a fender bender, you'll likely stop on the side of the highway and get out to exchange insurance information with the other driver. Though you should do your best to find a safe alternative spot to stop in these situations, pedestrian activity on the highway is sometimes necessary.
Regardless, never attempt to cross a highway. Stay in your car as much as possible or find a spot to stand away from the road.
I was hurt in a pedestrian accident on the highway - can I recover damages?
That depends on who's responsible for the accident. Naturally, if you were playing football in the middle of the interstate, you are partially responsible for any collisions that occurred and it's unlikely that you'll receive compensation. Even if you weren't doing something so absurd, pedestrians injured on freeways are often found to be contributorily negligent, meaning their own negligence contributed to their harm.
If you were involved in a pedestrian-car collision on the highway, make sure to keep all medical records, pictures of your injuries, insurance records, and information about the driver like their driver's license and contact info. These documents will help build your case and could be useful as evidence in court.
If you've been injured on a North Texas highway, feel free to give us a call for a no fee, no obligation consultation. We're experienced in handling pedestrian accident cases and work on a no win, no fee basis.