Road accidents involving pedestrians can have severe consequences but cars can put in some level of protection to reduce the impact of such an accident. The NCAP Pedestrian Protection test is designed to determine what level of protection vehicles have for pedestrians in the event of a crash. Both adult and child dummies are used in the test and each vehicle is driven at a speed of 25mph into each test dummy. The protection offered is then rated as either ‘fair’, ‘marginal’ or ‘poor’. As pedestrians do not always impact a vehicle in the same way, dummies are divided into lower leg, upper leg and head portions in order to determine the impact of a hit on each body part. This gives a clearer indication of how much protection the car offers in the event of a pedestrian crash. Bumpers which are more flexible can provide much better protection than stiffer structures therefore these are recommended by the NCAP test. Although pedestrians hit by a vehicle with ‘fair’ protection, injuries may still occur in the event of an accident.
Potential pedestrian accidents
While crossing roads, it pays to be vigilant, particularly during times of heavy traffic. However, potential accidents could occur due to a driver running a red light or due to a driver not paying attention to the road. The driver may also be under the influence or could be distracted by a mobile phone. In these cases, an accident may occur which is the fault of someone else. This means that you are entitled to claim compensation from the guilty party provided that you have evidence that someone else was negligent on the road.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle on (or off) the road and there is evidence of negligence, it is possible to make a claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. We do not just help victims of road traffic accidents; we also help those who were hit by a car through no fault of their own. Our expert team can offer you no-obligation advice over our free telephone line or you can begin your claim online. You may have suffered an injury as a result of an accident that was caused by someone else and some compensation may be able to help you with unforeseen medical costs or loss of wages. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you do not have to pay us a penny upfront for our advice.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown