Accidentally hitting someone on the road is probably everyone’s worst nightmare. Although the number of deaths on the road is at its lowest for 90 years due to safer cars, there are still over 400 pedestrians killed each year in the UK, and not always by careless drivers. This article will explain how to look out for pedestrians and areas of possible danger for pedestrians while driving.
Driving safely in pedestrian zones
It goes without saying that you should always slow down and drive very carefully in residential zones or near schools, but there are several other areas of potential danger for pedestrians. Shopping areas, for example, can sometimes become very crowded, resulting in pedestrians being pushed into the road or being unable to look left and right properly.
Likewise, bus stops can also be crowded and are areas where pedestrians are stepping into the road, either to get on or look for transport approaching. You should always be extra careful when passing ice cream vans, as children may run out into the road from behind. When driving at night, be careful on rural roads which may not have a pavement at all.
Pedestrians to watch out for
Always be aware of particularly vulnerable pedestrians in the vicinity of your vehicle. This means older people, children, and those with disabilities. Children can be unpredictable and may not be particularly aware of traffic, while old people may need extra time to get across a crossing and can be unstable on their feet.
Those who are deaf may not be able to hear you coming towards them, while those who are blind may not be able to see you, so never assume a pedestrian will be able to get out of the way. It’s best never to go above 20mph in a pedestrian zone. At 40mph, you are likely to kill any pedestrians you hit. At 20mph, they are likely to survive.
If you have been injured by a motorist, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Pedestrians always have right of way; it is never ‘their own fault’ if they are hurt. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more or complete our 30-second online questionnaire, which can tell you whether or not your claim is valid.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury compensation. We work on a no win, no fee basis, and have been helping accident victims receive their due for over thirteen years.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown