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Pedestrian Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs)

zebra crossing sign

The UK Government provides annual statistics for RTAs. The 2016 figures show that fatalities and accidents due to RTAs have decreased. In the same period the number of pedestrians injured on our roads has increased.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648082/rrcgb2016-02.pdf

Pedestrians and The Highway Code

As a pedestrian, you must always take care when walking next to, walking on or crossing a road.

The Highway Code states that:

  • ‘Pavements (including any path along the side of a road) should be used if provided. Where possible, avoid being next to the kerb with your back to the traffic. If you have to step into the road, look both ways first. Always show due care and consideration for others and If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic.
  • When crossing a road, never cross it diagonally, find a safe place to cross if there isn’t a dedicated crossing area and always use a subway, a footbridge, an island, a zebra, pelican, toucan or puffin crossing, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol or a traffic warden, where possible.’

The Green Cross Code

Green Cross Code poster

As a child, we are all taught The Green Cross Code, but as adults, do we actually adhere to it and lead by example?

You hear all too often of children running out into a road and being struck by a car or motor vehicle. This can potentially cause devastating injuries, both physically and mentally.

According to scientists in an article published in The Mail Online in April 2017, it suggested that children are not safe crossing the road on their own until the age of 14. Now this seems quite old considering this would put a child in year 9, however the report states that their visual judgement and motor skills  have not fully developed before then, putting them at risk each time they negotiate a busy street.

Unfortunately, it isn’t only children who can be involved in accidents, it also happens to adults alike. This may be through no fault of their own and they may have adhered too all of the above rules.

Consequently, it isn’t always the fault of the pedestrian!

Cars and Motor Vehicles

Motorised vehicles have a duty to take extra care and be extra vigilant when they are driving near or around vulnerable road users such as pedestrians. It is particularly important that they be aware of children, the elderly and disabled people as their awareness and reactions are not comparable those of an average adult.

If you have been the unfortunate victim of an accident involving a car or other motorised vehicle, please call Cheryl Huckle on 01535 687081.

Cheryl Huckle

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Claim Management Companies – Cold Calling

Please note the following from the UK Government website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-accidents-and-safety-statistics

Claims management companies may ‘cold call’ people saying that they have records that you were in an accident. They claim to have got your information from the national road accident database or a governmental body. This is not correct.

There is no national database of accidents with names, telephone numbers and addresses. Government departments do not hold any of this information and they would not supply it to anyone under any circumstances.

WE DO NOT COLD CALL. All our clients find us via our website or are recommended by people who have been happy with our service and our results.