A pelican crossing is very different from a zebra crossing. The word ‘pelican’ comes from the official name for the crossing, which is a pedestrian light-controlled crossing. It uses letters from the first three words to form pelican, although this was originally spelled as PELICON. On either side of the road there is a pedestrian-operated unit that instructs them to press the button to activate the crossing. They should then wait until the green light shows them they can cross safely. This will indicate the traffic has been stopped.
Some crossings have a middle island, and in this case you may well see two sets of units for pedestrians to press. You use one to get to the middle, and then press the other to stop traffic along the other side of the road.
Does this mean accidents on pelican crossings are actually very rare?
Yes – if pedestrians use the units to stop the traffic and drivers pay attention when the lights are red, no one should be involved in an accident by using one of these crossings. Of course there are occasions when someone will be hurt when they cross the road. If they cross on a green light and a driver fails to see the red light that should instruct them to stop, they could hit one or more pedestrians as they go through the crossing.
This type of accident is likely to result in those pedestrians making a pelican crossing accident compensation claim. In circumstances similar to those mentioned above, they could have a very strong argument to make for compensation, since the driver would very likely be at fault. The facts of the case will be evaluated before any decision to grant compensation is made.
How much compensation could be due to the injured person?
Pelican crossing accident compensation will vary depending on a number of factors. Different parts of the body will warrant different amounts in compensation. The severity of the injury and whether or not it is life-changing will also have an effect on the sum paid.
As such you really should take professional legal advice if you want to make the most of any chance you have to get some compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline – our free enquiry line is available now on 0800 689 0500. This could be the best call you make right now.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead