Crossing the road – it’s something we should all be taught how to do from a very young age. Safety should always come first here, and yet every day, people are knocked down because they weren’t paying close attention.
The key to crossing the road safely is to look for a proper crossing spot if you can. Pelican crossings, zebra crossings and other crossings featuring traffic lights are all safer to use than simply crossing the road at a random spot. Don’t try to cut corners – look for somewhere that is suitable every time.
Look both ways
Even when you are using a proper crossing point, you can never be 100% certain no one will drive through the light or across the crossing just as you are going from one side of the road to the other. Even when traffic lights are present, always make sure cars are going to stop before you cross. It is far better to be safe than sorry, in these instances.
Teach your children how to cross the road safely too, from as early an age as possible. Take your time and ensure they understand the potential dangers of crossing without looking, or crossing while running or trying to beat the lights. Everything you can do that will turn crossing the road into a much safer experience is good.
Could you claim compensation for injuries caused in a road accident?
If you choose to run across the road without looking and get hit by a car, that would be very unfortunate, but it would ultimately be your fault. However, if you do everything right and someone goes through a red light and mows you down, they would be responsible for your injuries. Road accidents can result in serious injuries, fatalities and life-changing injuries in some cases.
If this brings back memories of an accident you’ve had in the past three years, you may have a chance to claim. Accident Advice Helpline has represented other people in similar situations with lawyers who have experience in making professional injury compensation claims. Could we help you too? Why not find out today? Just call us on 0800 689 0500 to start the ball rolling, and to discuss the circumstances of your case. There is no obligation to proceed, and it could potentially lead to a successful claim being made on your behalf.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead