Have you ever thought of the dangers of being a pedestrian? In collisions involving a pedestrian and any other vehicle, it will always be the pedestrian who is affected more seriously by what happens. As such, it makes sense to think about what you can do to stay safe. We’ve collated some of the main dangers pedestrians might have to contend with while out and about.
Examples of dangers
- Vehicles running through red lights. If you check the lights and they are in your favour to cross the road, you might still be hit by a vehicle whose driver has decided to run the light. If so, you could be seriously injured.
- Drivers not stopping when pedestrians are using a crossing. Pedestrians will wait to use a crossing, but not all drivers will give way. In theory, they should always do so when someone is already on the crossing, but this isn’t always true.
- Drunk drivers. Unfortunately, some people still choose to drive drunk. If so, a pedestrian could be in danger at any point, if a drunk driver comes along and mounts the pavement, or knocks them down when crossing the road.
- Aggressive driving. Some drivers can be impatient. When this is the case, there is a chance that a pedestrian could be hurt by someone else’s bad decision making. Someone trying to shave a few seconds off a journey might end up hurting someone else who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Slips, trips and falls. Even if you are not affected by any of the elements mentioned above, you could still be injured by slipping, tripping or falling – either on the pavement or while crossing the road. Potholes can be a potential concern, as can raised paving slabs or manhole covers.
Have you fallen victim to the dangers of being a pedestrian?
Injuries suffered by pedestrians can range from minor ones to life-threatening ones. Lives can be changed in a matter of seconds, with no chance to turn the clock back. However, if you have been hurt and you know someone else was at fault, you could have a chance to be compensated for your injuries. Accident Advice Helpline has been in business since 2000, and we could now use our experience to help you. Call on 0800 689 0500, completely free, right now.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead