If you’re a pedestrian, you no doubt know the importance of crossing the road at a safe place. Often, this will mean looking for a pedestrian crossing of some kind. However, while most people will cross safely on these crossings, regardless of their type, there can still be incidents that result in being hurt on a pedestrian crossing.
The question you have to ask is who was at fault for the accident. The crux of the matter will usually lie with whoever had right of way at the time of the accident. For example, let’s say you were using a pelican crossing that is operated with traffic lights. If you crossed when the pedestrian lights were red and the traffic lights were green, your odds of making a successful claim may potentially be diminished.
Can you claim if the driver was at fault?
In this situation, you may have crossed when the pedestrian light was green and the traffic light was red. In this case, the driver would be at fault and would be negligent in driving through a red light. They may not have noticed it or they could simply have decided to keep going. Either way, if you are hurt on a pedestrian crossing in this situation, you would have a much stronger case to argue for compensation for your injuries.
Always make sure you gather as much evidence as possible. Witness statements, information from the scene (photos of the conditions can help) and other similar items can be a big help in supporting any claim you decide to make. Evidence of your injuries and their severity will also be taken into account. You should seek medical advice for your injuries as soon as possible, which in some cases will involve an ambulance ride to the hospital for treatment.
Could Accident Advice Helpline be of assistance?
If you are reliving memories of an accident on a pedestrian crossing that happened to you within the last three years, you should definitely give us a call. You have a right to make use of our no-obligation advice service in determining whether a compensation claim could be made. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 and see if you could claim.
We always provide expert advice and it may lead to a chance to make a no win, no fee claim with the help of an expert lawyer too.