Most pedestrians will be aware of pedestrian crossings. These are put in strategic places where people are likely to want or need to cross a road. They can make life much easier for pedestrians who might otherwise have to cross a dangerous road on their own.
A crossing is easy for drivers and other road users to see, enabling people to stop traffic and cross even the busiest of roads.
Unfortunately there are occasions when even the presence of a crossing is not enough to avoid an accident. If you are on a crossing and a car or other road user hits you, it is likely they could be at fault and negligent in their actions.
It is definitely important to carry on paying close attention to traffic even when you are about to cross a road where you have the right of way (perhaps due to red lights stopping the traffic, for example).
This alone can help avoid accidents, although of course all road users should be alert for crossings and take the appropriate actions accordingly. Negligence among drivers does occur, and it can mean there is a higher potential for an accident to take place on the road – or on a crossing.
What could happen when you are using a pedestrian crossing?
There are several types of crossings in existence and it is important to know how to safely use each one. This will help minimise the risks involved in crossing the road. With toucan, zebra, pelican and puffin crossings, all in use around the country (with the added use of Pegasus crossings for horse riders in some areas), it is good to know how to use them. If you don’t use them properly there is a higher chance of being involved in a pedestrian crossing accident.
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Date Published: November 17, 2014
Author: David Brown