As a pedestrian, you should be in far less danger of being injured on the road. However, accidents involving pedestrians still happen every single day, and in many cases these are entirely the fault of the pedestrian involved and not the driver of the vehicle. Many people seem to be of the opinion that ‘The driver is not allowed to hit me – he’ll go to prison’, and yes, this is the case if the driver deliberately hit you.
But if you walk out in front of a driver who is not able to stop in time then the accident is your fault and the driver will not face any penalties – plus you will have been hit by a car! Here are some ways to avoid being an annoying pedestrian, and keep yourself safe at the same time.
- Use crossings. Walking out into traffic is one of the stupidest things you could do, but so many people get impatient and do this anyway every day. There are many crossings set up on the roads to help you to cross safely, and it won’t take you long to find one of these as you are walking. A driver will usually be required to stop at these by law, so you stand a much better chance of being safe.
- Be seen. If you try to cross between parked cars, or if there is something else blocking your view of the road then it is likely you cannot be seen by drivers either. Wait until there is a clear view of the road for both you and the drivers coming in your direction.
- Don’t provoke drivers. If a car does stop a little close to you, or gets in your way, the best thing to do is to get out of the situation and then walk away. Road rage is a big cause of accidents and injuries on the road, and if you choose to shout at a driver and provoke them you may find yourself on the receiving end.
If you can make a no win no fee* in Bitton claim
If you have been hit by a driver and you were not doing anything wrong, then you may well be able to make a no win, no fee* in Bitton claim for compensation against them. Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers to help you to process your no win, no fee* in Bitton claim.
Call the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, to speak to the friendly, helpful team about your accident. They will talk to you about your accident and help you to decide whether or not you have a good enough case for a no win, no fee* in Bitton compensation claim. If you do then you will be passed over to personal injury solicitors who will work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis to get you the compensation you deserve. The lawyers will also work entirely on your behalf, so you shouldn’t even have to go to court.
Date Published: 18th January 2014
Author: David Brown