According to the Department for Transport, over 25,000 accidents involving pedestrians occur in the UK every year, with around 20% of these resulting in serious injuries.
Surprisingly, zebra crossings, with their highly visible black and white stripes and flashing amber beacons, are often the location of pedestrian accidents. Despite their vivid appearance, drivers routinely fail to notice crossing pedestrians in a timely manner, causing them to brake sharply at the last moment. Cyclists can also be responsible for accidents on pedestrian crossings, as many ride without due care and attention, showing blatant disregard for those on foot.
Who is responsible for zebra crossing accidents?
In the eyes of the law, pedestrians have a right of way on zebra crossings, and vehicles must stop whenever a pedestrian is either waiting to cross or walking across the road. Pedestrians have a duty to take reasonable precautions, such as looking left and right and listening out for oncoming traffic before crossing, but the main responsibility for accident prevention lies with vehicle users.
What are the main causes of zebra crossing accidents?
Excessive speed, alcohol intoxication, tiredness and ignorance may cause motorists to collide with innocent, unsuspecting pedestrians at zebra crossings. Most motorists possess third party insurance to cover them against the cost of a vehicle injury claim resulting from a collision with a pedestrian. However, when motorists lack such insurance or leave the scene of an accident without providing their details, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) will cover the cost of such claims.
What is the purpose of a vehicle injury claim?
In addition to compensating injured pedestrians for their pain and suffering, personal injury claims for vehicle accidents can cover any related financial losses, such as lost earnings and medical treatment charges.
Can a passenger in a motor vehicle involved in a zebra crossing accident make a vehicle injury claim?
Anyone injured as a result of an accident at a pedestrian crossing may make a vehicle injury claim. This includes passengers in motor vehicles.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you with this process. To make a vehicle injury claim for an accident at a zebra crossing call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our legally trained claims advisors, or use our claims calculator and receive an instant appraisal in as little as 30 seconds.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell