There are a variety of pedestrian crossings in use in the UK today. The most familiar to many of us will be the zebra crossing, so-called because the white stripes on the road are supposed to represent the coat of the zebra. Pelican crossings are operated by units that instruct pedestrians to press the button provided. After a while this will stop the traffic to allow people to cross the road.
You will also see puffin crossings, which are similar to pelican crossings but there is no flashing green figure during the crossing process. They are more intelligent than pelican crossings as infra-red technology is used to tell when people are waiting, and to stop the traffic at an appropriate time. There are also toucan and Pegasus crossings, although these are not as common. The toucan crossing allows both cyclists and pedestrians to cross, while Pegasus crossings are for horses.
Paying attention to the rules of the road
In every case there is a responsibility for all those on the road to understand what they should and shouldn’t do with regard to the crossings. For example they should know when to stop and when to proceed, without putting any pedestrians (or cyclists, in the case of toucan crossings) in danger.
Pedestrians should not cross until the light shows them they can. However, if they are crossing on a green light and someone on the road strikes them, causing them injury, they have a good argument to make to seek compensation as a result of that incident.
Consider claiming pedestrian crossing injury compensation today
If you have been injured while using any type of pedestrian crossing within the last three-year period, you have a chance to go for pedestrian crossing injury compensation. A lawyer experienced in cases such as these can provide you with appropriate no-obligation advice so you can tell whether you are able to make a claim.
The best way to get in touch with a lawyer and to take advantage of no-obligation advice is simply to call 0800 689 0500. This puts you through to the team at Accident Advice Helpline. They are on hand to make sure you get access to proper legal advice so you can find out if a no win, no fee* claim could be successful in your situation. Don’t you want to know the answer now?
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead