Zebra crossings are there to enable us to cross the road safely. If you use a crossing, a driver should stop and allow you to walk across, but that doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to reach the other side unscathed. There are dangers whenever you cross the road, especially if you use zebra crossings at night.
The dangers of using zebra crossings at night
When you use a zebra crossing, even during daylight hours, this doesn’t negate every single risk associated with crossing a road. When you approach a zebra crossing, you assume that the traffic will stop, and you’ll be able to trot across the road without any problem. Sadly, this is not always the case. There’s always a risk that a driver won’t stop or that they won’t see you on the crossing if you’re using zebra crossings at night.
Before you walk into the road, always look left and right and check that the cars are stopping. Don’t assume that they will stop, even if they appear to be slowing down. Wait for them to stop, and then cross.
If you’re walking around at night, it’s really useful to wear a high visibility vest and to stick to areas that are well lit. Wait until it’s completely safe to cross.
Compensation for pedestrians
If you’ve been injured while crossing the road and you were not to blame for the accident, you may be eligible for compensation. If you were involved in a road accident, and the driver displayed negligence, you have the right to claim pedestrian accident compensation. Compensation is awarded in cases where a pedestrian was injured as a result of negligence, for example, if a driver was speeding or they failed to stop at a crossing. If you were injured because you didn’t look before stepping into the road, this wouldn’t constitute a viable claim, as you had a part to play in the accident.
If you’re keen to find out more about claiming for a pedestrian accident or you’d like to discuss your injury claim in more detail and get some advice, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call? We have over 15 years of experience in the personal injury claims industry, and we promise we’ll do everything we can to try and ensure that your claim is approved. If you’ve been injured in the last 3 years, you weren’t to blame and you sought medical attention at the time, call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice