A pelican crossing will be a familiar sight to many of us, even if we often get confused over which crossing has which name. A pelican crossing has zig-zag lines on the approach to it, and is operated by traffic lights.
The pedestrian uses a button to indicate their presence and after a short time the lights for drivers will turn red, allowing the pedestrian to cross the road in safety.
Of course things can sometimes go wrong and while traffic lights help reduce the chances of an accident, pelican crossing collisions can occasionally happen. For example a pedestrian might cross the road correctly when they have the ‘green man’ indicating they can do so, only for a driver to drive straight through a red light and run into them.
Would this be negligent behaviour?
Yes it would – every driver should know they must stop at a red light whenever they see one. In the case of a pedestrian crossing it is fairly clear that a red light for a driver means there will very likely be pedestrians on their way across the road. So with that in mind, this instance would certainly be viewed as negligent.
This is important to point out because pedestrians who are injured in pelican crossing collisions have a right to see whether they are entitled to compensation as a result of those injuries. It can be difficult to see whether this is the case, which is why many people will consult a professional injury compensation lawyer.
Determining the facts
In situations where collisions like these occur, it is often best to work out whether there is evidence that can back up an allegation of negligence. Since the pedestrian will almost certainly come off worse in a collision with a driver, it will likely be the pedestrian who will be considering a claim.
Other people in the immediate area could help provide evidence of what they saw, as well as evidence that might come from security cameras nearby. Evidence on the road and in the area might also come in useful.
The good news is the team at Accident Advice Helpline can make it easier to work out whether you have a good case that should be answered. Our team has 15 years’ experience of dealing with compensation claims in areas like these, so one call to 0800 689 0500 could be all it takes to work out whether there is enough evidence to support your claim.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen