Pedestrians are at greatest risk on public roads. Their level of protection as well as their mass as compared to other objects on the road is very less. Accidents involving pedestrians are the most devastating as there is a great chance of sustaining injuries with long lasting and life threatening consequences. Regardless of which, pedestrians have to follow certain rules while travelling on public roads. According to leading injury claims solicitors, a pedestrian’s negligent behaviour will be considered as contributory negligence which may result in a lower compensation amount.
What is Contributory Negligence?
If the claimant’s injuries or damages were partially caused due to their own negligence then this will considered as contributory negligence. For example, if a pedestrian was injured after being hit by an oncoming car whose driver was conversing on the phone the pedestrian will be eligible of full compensation. However, if the pedestrian was also distracted in some way while crossing the road then this will be considered as contributory negligence.
How can Pedestrians Protect Themselves?
According injury claims solicitors, cautious behaviour will protect you on the road as well as in court if you were injured in an accident. That is why it is recommended that you:-
– Take special care when crossing the road. The Green Cross Code has set out the special precautions for us.
– Wear clothing that distinguishes you from your environment particularly during the night.
– Avoid wearing headphones while crossing the road.
– Restrain pets and/or children when crossing the road.
For more information you are welcome to get in touch with the injury claims solicitors at Walker Wise Solicitors by phone on 01254 300 966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.