When is a pedestrian at fault for road traffic accidents? The answer to this is when pedestrians take unnecessary risks and cause a road traffic accident. In a collision with a car, there is only ever going to be one winner.
However, that doesn’t seem to stop a number of people taking enormous, worthless risks. Every day, millions of people seem willing to risk their lives with irresponsible behaviour on or by the roads.
When is a pedestrian at fault for an accident on a road?
A pedestrian is at fault every time they fail to follow the highway code and other applicable road laws. Here are some classic examples of cases where the pedestrian would be at fault for a road traffic accident.
- Crossing moving traffic: We’ve all seen it. As a matter of fact, we’ve probably all done it. Those times when the zebra crossing seems too far away or the lights are taking forever to change. There doesn’t seem to be too much traffic about, so you think “why not?” and go to cross the road. The reason this is so dangerous is that road traffic conditions can change in the blink of an eye. You simply don’t know if a car is about to come around the corner, or if an emergency services vehicle is going to come haring along. By the time you do know, it may be too late.
- Stepping out into the road: Quite simply, the road is for cars and other vehicles. Pedestrians should only set foot on it when crossing the road. Even then, it should only be done at a properly designated crossing spot. If you are stuck behind some slow walkers or looking to find some space on a crowded pavement, stepping into the road is never the answer. You may just need to be patient. It’s not only the risk that you may get hit yourself. Stepping out into the road could cause vehicles to swerve to avoid you, and thus cause an accident on the road elsewhere.
Claiming compensation for an accident on the road
Remember, if you are injured as a result of an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, you may be due road injury compensation. With over 16 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline is perfectly placed to see you through to a successful conclusion. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice