Road traffic accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians can end up with nasty injuries since the person not in the car is not protected. Even when the pedestrian is using a designated pedestrian crossing area they should still be aware of any vehicles in the vicinity since they are not immune from car accidents just because there are zebra markings on the road and Belisha beacons. In fact some statistics show that up to half of car-pedestrian accidents between cars and pedestrians do occur on crossings.
Older pedestrians can take longer to cross the road and this can frustrate drivers but this isn’t an excuse for them not to stop and wait. The pedestrian also has responsibility for his own safety, however, and while you are morally right to expect the right of way on a designated crossing area, use caution to avoid collision accidents.
Not using crossings
Crossing where there is not a designated area, or jaywalking, is not illegal in the UK but may affect your ability to claim for compensation in the event of an accident and injury. You can call the Accident Advice Helpline if you have suffered an injury in the last three years, which you consider was somebody else’s fault, and their friendly advisors will be able to assess your traffic accident on the road case.
How to be safe
The advice from the government as still taught in schools today is to “Stop, Look, Listen and Think” when crossing the road and this is good advice to avoid accidents when walking.
The dangers to pedestrians are higher when drivers are going too quickly and are not aware of crossings in an area or when conditions are wet and visibility is poor so always make sure vehicles are already stopped or clearly slowing down before you step out into the road. If it is a crossing with traffic lights this is also important because there will always be a driver who thinks he can just make it and these “amber gamblers” are a real danger if the pedestrian is not aware.
What can I do?
If you have suffered an injury in an accident on the road then Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team has years of experience dealing with these sort of claims and we will help you on a no win, no fee* basis. Give us a call on 0800 689 0500 and explain the accident so that we can start to work on it today. Most claims are dealt with over the phone and you will most likely never need to go to court.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice