You should think that you are fairly safe from sustaining serious injuries in a road accident if you don’t drive, or are rarely on the road in a vehicle of any description. However, it is possible to be part of accidents as a pedestrian, and you are actually at risk of being very seriously injured if you are hit by a car, as you won’t have the vehicle to protect you from harm.
Here are some of the ways that you can be injured on the road as a pedestrian, and how you can make a claim against the driver who caused your injuries.
Drivers running red lights
This is a common cause of road accidents, and one which is harder to avoid as you may still be involved in the accident if you were doing what you should be and were crossing when you had the right of way.
However, it should be much easier for you to make a successful compensation claim against a driver who has ignored a red light.
Drivers not seeing you
When you are crossing the road or in a place where drivers could hit you, make sure that you are wearing bright clothing which helps drivers to see you.
You should avoid standing behind parked cars before you step out into the road, as these shield you from sight, and always stick to designated crossing areas when it is dark.
Walking outside of pedestrian areas
In this case, if you are involved in an accident, it will actually be your fault unless there was nowhere else for you to walk.
Walking along a motorway, on a bridge not designed for pedestrians and so on is bound to cause an accident eventually, so make sure that you always stick to walkways instead.
How to make successful road accident claims in Wandsworth
Making successful road accident claims in Wandsworth after a road accident will be the best way for you to recover quickly and comfortably. Compensation can pay for private medical treatment, helping you to recover far more quickly. It can also pay for time off work which allows you to get the rest that you need, and other expenses which would have otherwise caused you financial difficulty.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or text “claim365” to 88010 to find out more about the compensation process, and decide whether or not you have a good case for compensation. If you do then you will work with an experienced injury lawyer, working on a 100% no win no fee* basis to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: 23rd June 2015
Author: David Brown