The High Street in Stockton has been the scene of four accidents in the past year, all involving pedestrians who were hit by buses. Some people are now highlighting the existence of potentially confusing road markings in the area, which they say may have led to the accidents happening.
The road markings are in place at a pedestrian crossing. Pedestrians are encouraged to look both ways according to the markings they see before they cross. There is a large arrow indicating the direction of traffic, but just in front of it the words ‘bus lane’ appear facing in the opposite direction. Accident Advice Helpline have come across other cases brought to us by pedestrians all over the country, where they have been involved in accidents brought about by potential confusion over road markings.
Direction of traffic may be unclear to pedestrians
In Stockton, some have been concerned that the way in which the markings have been made could lead to confusion about which way the traffic is supposed to be travelling in that area. Stockton Council has responded by saying that the markings meet the required guidelines for such road markings. They have also defended the road layout.
Cases like this can potentially warrant a compensation claim for those who have been injured in accidents anywhere in the country. Our team have supported clients through no win no fee* claims lodged against those who can be proven to have neglected their duties in some way. If a road layout is found to be confusing or of a poor standard, it could indeed result in compensation.
A contra-flow bus lane
Councillor Mike Smith spoke about the situation, stating that the markings are there to ensure that drivers choose the correct lane when entering the High Street while turning right. However, the MP for Stockton South, James Wharton, has commented that the markings make it difficult for pedestrians to see which direction the traffic is coming from. He believes that clarity is required in order to prevent further accidents from happening.
Accident Advice Helpline can deal with situations like this if you’ve been injured as a pedestrian. Call now on 0800 689 0500 free of charge to discover whether a no win no fee* claim could be a possibility for you. Our expert advisors are waiting to hear from you so that they can consider the details of your potential claim.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown