This post will focus specifically on divided highways. Undivided roads often require much lower speeds from the passing vehicles, and in extreme situations, possibly even the need for drivers to stop.
We will discuss the divided highway scenario by talking about a vehicle standing on the shoulder on the right. Naturally, the lateral aspects need to be reversed if the static vehicle is on the left, beside the median.
This unmodified photograph was taken with a long lens from distance, and from two lanes away from the red pick-up truck. The truck driver easily could have changed lanes, away from the man on the shoulder but didn’t. The expression of the man on the shoulder says it all! [Copyright image, 2020]
Originally posted on the ADONA website – April 24, 2018
In developed countries around the world, it has long been known that rural roads are the location for far more deaths, measured against the total miles driven, than any other type of road or highway. And this is equally true in the U.S.A.
“Twenty-five percent of all driving in America is on rural roads but this results, very disproportionately, in around fifty percent of all U.S. roadway fatalities.” — Eddie Wren
There are several contributory reasons for this very serious situation:
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Very recently, the vast majority of the information in U.S. state drivers’ manuals was not only inadequate in it’s quantity, but ridiculously, a lot of it was so bad that it was dangerous. More recently, however, the standard has started to improve and farther down this article we will tell you how and why.
Whenever a forensic crash investigation has not been completed — something which typically takes many days — it is very unwise for anyone at a crash scene to speculate about the cause of the incident. It is not rare for things that look obvious to prove entirely inaccurate.