Pedestrianised areas have plenty of advantages over using areas that are open to traffic. However, they will never be 100% safe, as most of us realise. We’ve taken the time to highlight some of the main dangers of pedestrianised areas – some of which you may not have thought of before.
Where do the dangers lie?
- Cyclists. Sometimes cyclists will use these areas – the rules vary from area to area. However, whether they are allowed or not, there can potentially be problems if they ride too fast and collide with someone. The cyclist may be injured, but so will the pedestrian who was almost certainly not at fault.
- Slips. Slipping over can happen if the pavements are icy and have not been gritted. This might also happen if you are unfortunate enough to walk on a surface where something has been spilled and not cleaned up.
- Trips. Any pedestrianised area could be prone to having trip hazards present. Whoever is in charge of the area must take appropriate measures to reduce these hazards. This can have a significant reduction on the number of possible accidents that may result.
- Falls. Falling over is never pleasant, but sometimes it can result in broken bones and possibly other injuries as well. It could potentially happen as a result of uneven surfaces, as well as a range of other reasons, such as raised kerbs or cobblestones for example.
- Signage. Another of the potential dangers of pedestrianised areas could refer to the signage used. This could be outside shops, positioned in the main thoroughfare or anywhere else in that area.
Suffering the effects of an accident
As you can imagine – or as you may possibly already know – an accident can lead to some injuries that can be painful and troublesome to recover from. Even a broken bone can be complex if the break is not a simple one. To this end, it’s worth finding out if compensation could be payable to you. Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. This is the best way to get in touch with the experts in this area. Our advisors will determine what happened to you and see whether evidence of negligence exists. If it does, we will pass your details on to one of our professional injury compensation lawyers so they can take the next step.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead