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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 pedestrian crossing

    Many pedestrians rely on crossings to make sure they can get across a road safely. They might use a pelican crossing with flashing lights or a crossing that has traffic lights in place to stop the traffic so someone can cross. In the latter example there is usually a button the pedestrian can press to stop the traffic.

    You are less likely to suffer an accident on a pedestrian crossing than you are if you were to cross the road at any other point. These crossings are traditionally put in places where people need to cross the road and would have no other safe means for doing so. Of course it is still imperative that you check traffic from both directions when you cross, as this can help prevent accidents.

    Traffic should stop if it sees you waiting to cross a pelican crossing, or if the lights turn red on the other style of crossing. Either way you should be able to get across the road safely without worrying about the chance of getting hit by a vehicle. If you were involved in an accident it is important to determine who was at fault in that particular case.

    Why are pedestrian crossings so important?

    As a pedestrian it is vital to make sure you can cross roads safely. This may not be an issue if the road in question is quiet and not used by much traffic. However, much busier roads need methods in place that make it easier to cross, and pedestrian crossings can achieve this purpose. It matters little whether they are pelican crossings or ones with traffic lights; the main aim is to have a crossing somewhere that pedestrians will be able to cross safely. Unfortunately there are still roads across the country where this is not the case.

    Contact AAH now to discuss the potential for a no win, no fee* case

    If you have been the victim of a road accident on a pedestrian crossing you may be entitled to claim compensation. We can assess whether there is evidence of negligence on the part of another driver or individual, but you need to get in touch first. Our professional injury compensation lawyers are waiting for your call on our free 24/7 enquiry line. Get in touch today and find out where you stand from a legal point of view.

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    Date Published: November 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.