At Lamb & Co. we like to keep an eye on the local news and just over the water in Liverpool they’ve just heard some not so good news. A Liverpool City Centre crossing has been found to be one of the most dangerous places to cross the road in the UK. The pedestrian crossing is the connection between Church Street and Bold Street, crossing over Hanover Street.
Police logs show that nine casualties have been recorded at this single crossing in the period between 2005 and 2012 with six of the nine injuries listed as slight and three as serious. The youngest victim was aged between 21 and 25 whilst two pensioners over the age of 75 were also hit. In every case the pedestrians were hit whilst crossing the street from the drivers’ nearside.
Liverpool came in joint sixth in the list, with roads in Westminster, Bradford and Nottingham also in the same position. The most dangerous road was in Leeds where 19 pedestrians were involved in accidents in the same period. Roads in Coventry, Sheffield, Leicester, Brighton and Glasgow were all higher up the list than Liverpool but all these accidents are showing that city centre driving speeds are something that need to be looked at.
Road safety activists and charities believe that lower speed limits for city centres are key to reducing the number of casualties. Brake are adamant that 20mph should be the default speed limit for all towns, cities and villages as 20mph limits can make a huge difference to the injuries caused by impact. 20mph speed limits have also been proven to reduce collisions and therefore provide safer environments for those travelling on foot.
Personal Injury Claims as a Pedestrian
As specialist road accident compensation claim solicitors we deal with many accidents on a daily basis. On many occasions those involved are simply our client and the negligent party but in some instances cyclists and pedestrians are involved.
Pedestrians can make a claim for personal injury compensation if they are injured by a car when crossing the road and negligence lies at the foot of the driver. Our specialist solicitors have worked with pedestrians who have suffered injuries due to a road traffic accident and are due compensation as a consequence.
We work tirelessly to relieve the stress of claiming for compensation, whether you’re a driver or simply someone crossing the road. Your rights are not minimised if you weren’t behind the wheel.