If you’ve been injured at a zebra crossing through no fault of your own, you may be able to make a zebra crossing accident claim to compensate you for your injuries.
Zebra Crossing Accident Statistics
If you follow the rules of the road when using a zebra crossing, you should be able to get to the other side of the road safely. At least, that’s what you’d expect. According to Government statistics from 2018 however, there were still over 1,000 pedestrians injured on a zebra crossing.
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Over the same period, there were also 295 people injured within 50 metres of a zebra crossing.
Common Accidents At Zebra Crossings
Some accidents on zebra crossings are caused because both the driver and the pedestrian were negligent. In these circumstances, you may still be able to claim compensation so it is always worth contacting a personal injury solicitor that provides a free consultation such as ours for clarity.
Common Zebra Crossing Accidents Caused By Drivers
- Failing to stop when the light is red at a light-controlled crossing.
- Failing to slow down when approaching a zebra crossing with caution.
- Not exercising caution when approaching a crossing.
- Not taking bad weather or road conditions into consideration when driving.
- Failing to stop when a pedestrian is already on the zebra crossing.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Common Zebra Crossing Accidents Caused By Pedestrians
- Using the zebra crossing when the walk light is red.
- Stepping on to the zebra crossing without looking for approaching vehicles.
- Attempting to dart across the road despite seeing that vehicles are approaching.
If you’ve been a pedestrian hit on zebra crossing you might also find our page on pedestrian accident claims useful.
What To Do If You Are Injured On A Zebra Crossing
As with any road traffic accident, the most important thing to do is to check your injuries. If you are badly injured, of course, an ambulance should be called. If your injuries are not severe enough to warrant calling an ambulance, you should still visit your local A&E and get a full medical check-up to rule out any possibility of invisible internal injuries. A medical report will also serve as evidence should you have a case to make a zebra crossing accident claim.
These are a few other things you can do to support your compensation claim:
- Get photographs of your injuries and of the scene of the accident.
- Make a note of the date, time and place of the zebra crossing.
- Get the registration plate number and insurance details of the driver involved.
- Ask any witnesses for their contact details.
- Look around for any CCTV cameras in the area and ask to see the recordings if possible. If any of the cameras captured the accident as it happened, obtain a copy of that recording. This will come in very handy when filing a zebra crossing accident claim. A personal injury solicitor could do this for you.
- File a report at the nearest police station.
- Get in touch with a personal injury solicitor.
How Much Compensation Could You Receive?
The simple answer is there is no one set amount of compensation that you would receive in a successful zebra crossing accident claim. Compensation would be determined on various factors such as how severe your injury or injuries are/were. What the prognosis is for your recovery, have you lost wages from being off sick from work because of the accident and many others.
Compensation is calculated for general damages and specials damages, the difference of which is explained here. In quick terms, general damages are your pain and suffering (use our compensation calculator below for general damages) and special damages are for out-of-pocket expenses and financial losses you have suffered because of the zebra crossing accident.
A personal injury solicitor will include everything they can when calculating how much compensation you could claim.
What To Expect From A Personal Injury Solicitor
If you’ve never interacted with a personal injury solicitor before it helps to know what to expect.
Most personal injury solicitors offer prospective clients a free consultation. This provides the means for you to discuss with a solicitor what has happened free of charge. They can then weight up the merits of your case and advise on whether it would be worth pursuing or not, in their professional opinion.
If you have a strong case the solicitor would advise you to proceed with filing a zebra crossing accident claim, typically on a No Win No Fee basis. If there is little chance of success they would advise against proceeding any further.
How A No Win No Fee Agreement Works
Personal injury solicitors offer A No Win No Fee agreement as a way to remove the financial barriers that sometimes prevent accident victims from pursuing compensation.
Under the terms of a typical No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t pay the solicitor any upfront fee nor do you pay any of the legal fees associated with the claim while it is ongoing. The solicitor covers the entire cost until the claim has been completed. If the solicitor succeeds in securing compensation for you, they will deduct an agreed percentage from the compensation as their payment. In the event that your zebra crossing accident claim is unsuccessful, in our agreement you are not liable to anything whatsoever.
Time Limit For Filing Zebra Crossing Accident Claim
There is a 3-year time limit for filing most personal injury claims. This means you or your legal representative need to file your claim within 3 years of the accident.
It can take time to gather together the evidence and put together a winning claim, which is why it is important to get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as you can. Even if you were partially to blame for the accident, the solicitor will do all they can to get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
If you would like to discuss a zebra crossing accident claim with a personal injury solicitor please don’t hesitate in contacting us today.