Walking along London’s South Bank is one of the best ways to experience the sights and sounds of the capital. Conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Waterloo Station, the South Bank is easily accessible from most parts of the city and it is packed with restaurants, bars, street stalls and plenty of benches for those who simply want to sit and take in the stunning river views. If you’re planning a trip down to the South Bank, it’s wise to take some simple safety tips on board to reduce your risk of public place accidents, such as slips, trips and falls.
What are the most common accidents when walking on London’s South Bank?
The most common types of accidents when walking along London’s South Bank are slips, trips and falls. Slips and trips tend to be caused by slippery surfaces, uneven steps and obstructions, such as litter, while falls commonly occur on stairways. South Bank is very busy at peak commuter times and at weekends, when there is usually a multitude of events going on, from exhibitions and art displays to live music and street markets, so take care when trying to weave your way though the crowds and try to visit at quieter times if you can.
South Bank is a popular spot for cyclists and skate-boarders and collisions may occur. Pay attention to the path ahead, avoid wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes and try not to get distracted by the many sights that surround you. If you’re eager to take photographs, find a safe place to stand away from the crowds.
The Christmas markets are a major draw on the South Bank from November onwards. If you’re heading down to check out the unique gift ideas and soak up the festive vibes without risking slip and trip injuries, wrap up warm and wear shoes with grip, especially if it’s raining or it drops below freezing and there’s ice on the ground.
Can I claim compensation for an accident in a public place?
There is a risk of accidents almost anywhere you go and while many accidents are avoidable, sometimes, there is no away of escaping unscathed. If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a bar on London’s South Bank, and you can prove that your were not at fault, you may have a case for public liability compensation and Accident Advice Helpline could help you to pursue a successful personal injury claim.
To find out if you have a slip, trip or fall compensation case, simply visit the website and take the 30-second eligibility test or call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 9, 2015
Author: David Brown