Pedestrianised areas are created to provide a safe and large space for pedestrians to enjoy. You see them often in shopping centres but they can occur in other places as well. While deliveries do occasionally occur in such areas, the idea of having a pedestrianised area is that it is safe for everyone on foot to use.
You certainly wouldn’t expect to see vehicles in a pedestrian area, since they would be banned from being there. Ideally there would be some other method by which deliveries could be made, such as providing space for vehicles to attend the rear of a store rather than arriving at the front. If an accident occurred involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, there would be a good chance of the pedestrian being able to seek help concerning a potential claim.
The risks associated with an accident in a pedestrian area
When vehicles in a pedestrian area come close to the people who are walking there, there is a real chance an accident could occur. In this case the pedestrians could end up being injured and suffering from the outcome when the incident was not their fault. In this case, as the vehicle should not have been in the area, it would be the fault of the driver.
Accident Advice Helpline occasionally comes across situations where people have been injured in this type of area by a vehicle that should not have been there. This can be shocking and frustrating for the person concerned, especially if their injuries take time to heal from. Even if a vehicle is not travelling that fast it can still cause significant danger.
Are you alert in these areas?
Being alert to your surroundings will help keep you safe in case anything untoward such as this does occur. However, this may not always keep you safe as you could still potentially be at the mercy of someone who drives into this area.
In fact if this has already happened to you and you have sustained injuries as a result that occurred within the last three years, you should get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. We are available on 0800 689 0500, our free 24/7 enquiry line, so make sure you speak with us to see whether you have a strong case. You may be in a better position than you think.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown