Most people know that you’re not supposed to enter a highway as a pedestrian. The reason for this is simple. The cars move too fast, so if you’re hit, you’re likely to be killed.

Despite the risks, many people do end up on highways as pedestrians. In most cases, it’s a result of not having a way to leave. For example, if a car breaks down on the highway, the people inside may have to get out and wait for it to get towed. After a crash, victims might stand near the wreckage.

Pedestrians face real risks when exposed to high-speed traffic. It’s up to you take care of yourself and avoid traffic, just as it’s a driver’s job to slow down for a wreck or to stay in his or her lane.

What should you do if you’re stranded on a highway?

First, remember to stay off the roads as much as possible. Don’t try to cross unless you’re positive there is no traffic or enough time to get across safely. It’s extremely dangerous to cross a highway, as vehicles may be traveling more quickly than they appear to be.

You should stay in your vehicle if it breaks down unless it’s a safety risk. Move your vehicle to the side of the road and await help. The added protection of your vehicle around you can prevent serious injuries or death in some cases if you’re struck.

There are times when it’s impossible not to have pedestrians on roadways, and at those times, drivers need to be aware. If someone is hit due to negligence, they can make a claim against the driver. Our site has more on pedestrian accidents and what to expect.