Most people are more than familiar with a zebra crossing. This crossing has a series of white stripes painted on the road. It has zig-zag lines approaching it on both sides of the road and in the middle, on which cars cannot park. There may be a flashing orange beacon on either side of the road to make the zebra crossing easier for drivers and pedestrians to see, especially in the dark.
There are specific rules associated with using zebra crossings, and it is important to make sure everyone is familiar with them. Pedestrians will typically have priority when using a crossing. Indeed, if you start to cross and you are already on the crossing, cars and other vehicles must stop to let you cross.
How can accidents happen on zebra crossings?
Sometimes pedestrians have successfully sought and won zebra crossing accident compensation as a result of being hurt in an accident on the crossing. This might be because a cyclist, motorcyclist or vehicle has failed to stop and let them across. Imagine being on a crossing and seeing a car coming towards you where the driver has clearly failed to see you are there. This would be frightening and might result in a collision where you are seriously injured.
Injuries can range from fairly minor bumps, cuts and bruises to multiple broken bones and even life-threatening injuries. It all depends on how you are hit and whether or not the vehicle is going at a significant speed.
Remember you always have right of way
If you step onto a crossing anyone using the road approaching it must stop. That is the law. You will read about this if you look at the Highway Code. However, it still pays to get proper legal advice if you have been hurt in an accident and you want to see whether zebra crossing accident compensation could be paid out to you.
The team working for Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in finding out whether you could claim a certain amount for your injuries. When you call 0800 689 0500 you can speak with a professional advisor and find out more about the likelihood of making a successful claim for a specific amount of money. Learn just how much you might potentially get by calling our team here today for more information. It’s just one call.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead