Is it possible to pursue an injury claim for a pedestrian hit by a car at a zebra crossing, and is it possible that the accident was my fault?
It is possible to pursue an injury claim for a pedestrian hit by a car at a zebra crossing, however to do so you may need to be able to prove someone other than yourself — more than likely the driver of the car — was at least partially responsible for your injuries. All road users — pedestrians and cyclists included — owe each other a ‘duty of care’, a responsibility which obliges them to take measures to ensure the safety of other road users. If you believe that the driver of the vehicle which hit you demonstrated a failure to show proper care for your safety and wellbeing, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for an accident at a zebra crossing.
Accidents involving pedestrians are common in the UK, with around 20,000 taking place each year, according to figures from the Department of Transport — around 20% of these accidents result in serious injury. Accidents at zebra crossings are quite common, mainly because although pedestrians hold the right of way, many drivers ignore their entitlement to cross the road, and speed through crossings without regard for the striped lines or flashing lights. Pedestrians however, are still expected to exercise a duty of care towards other road users by looking left and right before crossing at zebra crossings.
As pedestrians are still expected to show a duty of care towards themselves and other road users, it is possible for them to be found partly or wholly at fault for an accident. ‘Contributory negligence’ is the term used to describe when a claimant is partly at fault for their own injuries. If you are found to be at least partly at fault for your accident, you may be forced to forfeit some of any settlement awarded for your injury claim for a pedestrian hit by a car at a zebra crossing. The portion you may have to cede is meant to represent any contribution made by you toward your accident at a zebra crossing. If you are found to be more than 50 per cent liable for your injuries, it may not be considered viable to pursue compensation for a pedestrian injury.
To ensure that you have the greatest possible likelihood of receiving your maximum possible settlement, and to find out whether or not contributory negligence is likely to factor in your claim for compensation for a pedestrian injury, speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity. An experienced claims solicitor will be able to provide you with all of the information you need to execute a successful injury claim for a pedestrian hit by a car at a zebra crossing, will be able to help you to follow through with your claim for an accident at a zebra crossing, and will be able to provide you with an estimate of how much compensation for a pedestrian injury you may be entitled to.