Crossing the road is something we all do virtually every day. Few of us think consciously about doing so. We have grown up and learned how to cross the road safely and how to make sure we are at a low risk of being involved in an accident in this situation.
However, even though you may take all the right steps to make sure you are safe in getting from one side of the road to the other, you can still be put at potential risk by other people. For example, if you press the button and wait for the pedestrian light to turn green to allow you to cross, this will ensure the traffic lights are red. While the vast majority of people will stop, there will occasionally be the potential for someone to ignore the light and speed through it, leading to someone getting injured crossing the road.
Whose fault was it?
Whenever a situation like this happens, it is important to work out who was at fault. In the situation above, it is clear the person in the vehicle would be responsible. However, if you stepped out into the road without looking, right in front of a car, that driver may never have had time to stop.
If the driver was at fault when you were injured crossing the road, you could be left with injuries and be in pain – even though you did nothing to deserve it. Depending on how severe your injuries are, they could be life changing or at the very least disrupt your life for a period of time. As you can imagine, you might also suffer some financial distress, depending on your individual situation.
Finding the right source of help and advice
Just as you would get medical advice for your injuries, you should also get legal advice for the situation you have found yourself in. There is a reasonable chance you could potentially make a claim for what has happened to you, and you could end up being financially compensated as such.
If you wish to learn more, please call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now to receive no-obligation advice regarding an accident you were involved in within the last three years. We may be able to provide the advice you need, and we can represent you with one of our professional injury compensation lawyers with experience in the field.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead