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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation for an accident on a chicane


    Traffic management measures are often proposed in order to slow traffic down, create more space and to protect pedestrians. Slowing traffic down is particularly important around schools where children are likely to be crossing roads, cycling or boarding school buses. Chicane systems are often found in areas like this and are designed to slow traffic to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians. A chicane on a road is designed in a sort of S-shape which helps by encouraging cars to slow down and take the left and right turns.

    Single-lane chicanes work by creating build outs which narrow the road which means that one side of traffic has to give way to the other to allow them through. Two-way chicanes use build outs but allow for two lanes of traffic. These work to slow the traffic down and are useful in built up areas where there is likely to be a lot of pedestrians. They are often used near schools to prevent pedestrian accidents or accidents involving young children. Although some drivers use them to slow down, others may not drive as vigilantly. If you have been the victim of an accident on a chicane, you may wish to contact some representation.

    Road traffic measures and road safety

    Measures like this can help to slow traffic down in areas such as schools or housing estates where an accident may be more likely to involve a pedestrian. Other measures may include reducing the speed limit, creating more space for more cars to get through or adding a zebra crossing to help pedestrians feel safer. However, some of these only work in certain areas which is why they often go through a trial period. There are also drivers who pay no attention to the measures which could cause a fatal accident. If you have been injured in an accident on a chicane, you may be entitled to a cash sum for your suffering.

    How to start a compensation claim

    Accident Advice Helpline has the resources to help you make your claim. If you are just in need of some advice, we offer no-obligation advice over the phone so you can call us at any time. You could also take our 30-second test online to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Should you have been the victim of a road traffic accident that was the fault of someone else, some compensation could help you with any financial fallout from your injuries. This could be a loss in wages or the cost of repairs to your car. Call us for advice today.

    Date Published: November 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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