Pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable people on UK roads. Whilst there are many different methods of transportation that we can take advantage of, at one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, without the protection of a vehicle, or any safety equipment, pedestrians are vulnerable to serious injury. This can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, to serious life-changing injuries.
Tragically, in 2019, pedestrians accounted for 27% of all road traffic accident fatalities in the UK, which was the highest proportion of any group besides car occupants.
Behind the statistics, are real people who are struggling with the consequences of being in a pedestrian accident.
Here at Bonnar Accident Law, we understand that if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be facing distressing and uncertain times and might be unsure of what to do next. This blog will guide you through your next steps, as well as our top tips for staying safe as a pedestrian.
What to Do If You’re in a Pedestrian Accident?
Seek Medical Attention
Of course, the priority is to ensure that you’re out of harm’s way and that the emergency services have been called. Even in the case of minor injuries, it’s important to see your GP after in case your condition worsens.
Report the Accident
All road traffic accidents involving injury must be reported to the police and you should obtain a police report/incident number.
If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, the surrounding area, and your injuries.
- Collect Information
Make sure to exchange details with the driver/s involved in the accident, as well as anyone who might have witnessed it.
Our Top Tips for Pedestrian Safety
- Stop, look, listen.
- Stay alert, don’t be distracted by electronic devices such as your phone that can take your attention off the road.
- Choose a safe place to cross the road, such as at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights.
- Even at a pedestrian crossing, always pause before you step onto the road and check both directions to ensure there is no oncoming traffic.
- Don’t assume a driver has seen you. Always try where possible to make eye contact before you cross.
- If there is a footpath, use it. If not, stick to the right-hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic, and keep as close as possible to the side of the road.
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.