If you were injured in an accident at a zebra crossing within the last three years then you may be entitled to make a zebra crossing accident claim. Hundreds of thousands of people are injured on Britain’s roads every year, many of them through no fault of their own. Even though a large proportion of this number consists of people travelling in vehicles, pedestrian injuries and fatalities also make up a significant amount of the statistical whole. According to government statistics, 817 people were killed or injured at zebra crossings in the UK in 2013. Of course, it is imperative that you take care when crossing the road, even at a recognised crossing point. But if you’ve been injured by a car despite taking every appropriate precaution then you may be able to secure compensation by using the services of a specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
Although pedestrians have the right of way at a zebra crossing, and the Highway Code explicitly states that drivers must stop and give way to pedestrians, you should still exercise caution when crossing. Sometimes a vehicle may be moving too fast or be too close to the crossing to stop in time; in this case it is your responsibility to wait until it has passed. However, some drivers simply decide not to stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings, which is a fineable offence even if no-one is injured. If they do cause an injury, not only will they likely face charges of dangerous or reckless driving, but you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against them.
How to claim
If you feel you may have a case for compensation, then call our free, 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our friendly trained advisors. You can reach us by calling 0800 689 0500 from your land line. They will be able to give you more of an idea as to whether your claim is worth pursuing and, if it is, they will give you the option of contacting one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strict no win, no fee basis. The amount you can claim in compensation will most likely depend not only on the severity of your injury, but on the level of culpability of the driver. For instance, if they were drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, you will probably have a better case for compensation than if they are able to say that they just didn’t see you or were unable to stop in time.
Ideally, you should be able to produce witnesses who can state that you used the crossing with due care and attention, and that the driver was clearly at fault. Local councils often install cameras around zebra crossings to catch drivers who persistently ignore them; footage of your accident could prove invaluable in your compensation claim. Claiming compensation with the help of Accident Advice Helpline will not only give you the financial recompense you are entitled to, but will send a clear message to irresponsible drivers and will contribute to the safety of our roads.
Date Published: May 27, 2015
Author: David Brown