If you are hit by a car or other road vehicle while using a zebra crossing, you may be looking for zebra crossing injury advice. Pedestrians have right of way on a zebra crossing but, unfortunately, not all road users respect this rule. It is possible that your zebra crossing injury was in fact purely an accident, due to a driver being unable to stop in time. But if you think that the driver that caused your injury was acting irresponsibly, or even illegally, then you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable law firm with years of experience specialising in injury claims. So, if you’ve been hurt in a zebra crossing accident, call our free, 24-hour helpline for advice on pursuing an injury compensation claim.
Safety and responsibility
Under British law, motorists must give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings; this is clearly stated in Rule 195 of the Highway Code. Failure to stop at a zebra crossing when it is in use by a pedestrian can result in a fine and three penalty points, regardless of whether an injury results. If a pedestrian is injured, the driver responsible may face additional criminal charges, particularly if it transpires that they were drunk or otherwise under the influence at the time.
Nevertheless, any pedestrian using a zebra crossing should do so responsibly. Although you have right of way, this does not mean you can expect to step out into the road without looking and always expect to cross safely. Wait at the kerb and watch the traffic; do not cross until you see vehicles slowing down to let you cross. Many injuries and fatalities are caused by pedestrians – particularly children – running out into the road at crossings, when drivers are unable to stop in time to avoid hitting them.
In the event of an accident
If a vehicle at a zebra crossing hits you or someone with you, obviously the first priority is to seek medical attention, whether that involves calling 999 for an ambulance or using first aid. Hopefully the driver will have stopped, and you can obtain their contact details. If the injury is serious, they should be advised to remain at the scene until the authorities arrive. If the vehicle does not stop, every effort should be made to note their licence plate number. You should also obtain the contact details of any witnesses to the accident; you may also want to ask them to wait until the police arrive so that they can make a statement.
If you were injured at a zebra crossing through the negligence of a third party, such as an irresponsible driver, you could be entitled to claim compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline we can put you in touch with one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom work on a no win, no fee basis. Call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly trained advisors, or use our 30-seconds compensation calculator to see how much you could be entitled to.
Date Published: May 27, 2015
Author: David Brown