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ETOWAH COUNTY: MAN KILLED ON I-59 BY TRACTOR-TRAILER

ALABAMA TRACTOR-TRAILER ACCIDENT IN ETOWAH COUNTY KILLS PEDESTRIAN ON I-59

Attala, Alabama (January 22, 2019)

– A Georgia man was killed while walking on Interstate 59 after being struck by an eighteen wheeler in Etowah County around 3:15 a.m. on January 22, 2019.

Alabama State Troopers identified the deceased pedestrian as Marius M. Hillius.

At this time the investigation is ongoing.

LIABILITY IN PEDESTRIAN COLLISIONS

Pedestrian deaths account for 16% of the total traffic deaths in the U.S.  A 2018 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study found that in 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads—an average of 16 per day. An injury or death suffered by a pedestrian on an interstate highway presents complex legal and factual issues. Pedestrians have an obligation to use an appropriate level of care to protect themselves against the dangers that a particular circumstance presents.

A pedestrian accident attorney can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your claim and let you know if you have a viable claim. There are many instances when a pedestrian that is struck by a vehicle while on an interstate has a viable claim against the operator of the vehicle for negligence and/or wanton conduct. A legal claim may also be pursued against state or federal agencies responsible for designing the highway, road construction, or repairs and maintenance. These agencies have a duty to exercise reasonable care toward anyone who could foreseeably use the highway, even if a particular person (like a pedestrian) is generally not permitted on a highway.

2006 Alabama Code – Section 32-5A-215 — Pedestrians on roadways.

(a) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

(b) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.

(c) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.

(d) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

GETTING HELP AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

If you or someone that you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call Stokes Stemle now at 334.316.4123 to speak to one of our personal injury attorneys about your legal rights or click the link to chat live with a representative and schedule your free initial consultation. We are here to help you through out the claims process.

There is no fee unless we make a recovery for you.

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