A lot of people injured in road accidents in the UK are actually pedestrians, so it is important that we are all aware of the dangers of being on the road even if you are not planning on driving. Driving can be dangerous due to other vehicles, but as a pedestrian you must remember that you are more vulnerable to everything else on the road, as all the vehicles are bigger than you and more likely to cause you a whiplash injury.
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Chudleigh or any other type of injury through being hit by a car you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss your accident . If your whiplash injury in Chudleigh (or wherever else for that matter) does entitle you to compensation, then our team of injury lawyers will work with you on a 100% no win no fee* basis – to get you the compensation you deserve.
How to be safe as a pedestrian
- Cross at designated areas. If you need to cross the road then you must make sure that you choose a designated area which is specifically designed to allow you to cross safely. These zones include zebra crossings, puffin crossings and so on, as well as any place patrolled by a crossing warden.
- Make sure your crossing is safe. From time to time you will have to cross at a place which is not a designated crossing zone. However, you should still be safe if you are able to find a place where there are no cars coming towards you, there isn’t a sharp corner close by where you are looking to cross and that you aren’t trying to cross i between two parked cars.
- Stop before you get to the kerb to look. Look out for any cars coming close and don’t try to ‘risk it’ by rushing out in front of a car which you aren’t sure is far enough away for you to be safe.
- If you can’t find a safe place to cross then don’t cross at all, simply keep walking on the side of the road you are already on until you can find somewhere which seems safe. It is better to have to go out of your way than to be involved in an accident.
- Go straight across the road. When you are crossing, walk fast and straight from the side of the road that you are on to the side you are going to. Walking diagonally makes the crossing longer, and dawdling puts you at risk of being hit by cars you didn’t spot before.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 4th May 2014
Author: David Brown