As a pedestrian you might feel perfectly safe walking along the pavements but at some point you’re going to need to cross the roads you’re walking along. When this happens the best way to do it is at a designated crossing, but this isn’t always possible. If you need to cross at some other point it is important to avoid things going wrong, such as pedestrian bus lane accidents for example.
In these cases you may be put in a situation where it is possible to be hit by a bus, which is not something you will recover from lightly. Indeed some people have been killed in pedestrian bus lane accidents where they have not realised there is a bus almost on top of them while they have crossed. In every case it is important to realise why the accident occurred and whether someone else might have been at fault.
Does this type of accident result in serious injuries?
It can do, yes. Buses are by their very nature heavy and cumbersome and if you are involved in an accident with one as a pedestrian you are likely to incur several injuries, possibly severe ones.
Bus lanes are of course designated for buses to use, but they can occasionally run in the opposite direction to the rest of the traffic. If this is not easily signed or easy to tell if you are unfamiliar with the area, it can lead to you crossing the road and looking the wrong way when you believe it is safe.
Can you recover from such an accident?
While some people do unfortunately lose their lives in such accidents, others are more fortunate and do recover. It is entirely dependent on how severe your injuries are though. In some cases there are injuries people have to live with for the rest of their lives. As such it makes perfect sense to be as alert as you can to make sure you know which way buses are going when using a bus lane.
Could Accident Advice Helpline assist you with any potential claim you are thinking of making after having an accident like this within the last three years? Call us today on our free 24/7 enquiry line so you know whether you could make a no win, no fee* claim. The free number you need is 0800 689 0500.