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]
On January 12, 2019, Illinois StateTrooper Christopher Lambert was killed at the scene of a prior three-vehicle traffic crash in the left lane of interstate I-294 near Willow Road, IL. While he was dealing with that crash, another vehicle failed to stop and struck Trooper Lambert while he was outside of his patrol car.
Trooper Cunniff, 35, died on December 17, 2013, as a result of injuries he received a day prior when his patrol car was struck by a tractor trailer.
Trooper Cunniff had made a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in the City of Amsterdam. While he was in the process of issuing a traffic summons, a tractor trailer veered off the roadway and struck his patrol car as well as the vehicle he had stopped.