Pedestrians are never safe on our roads here in NSW. A split second of inattention on the part of a motor vehicle driver or the pedestrian can have catastrophic consequences.
The NSW Government recently reported than in the five years 2007 to 2011, nearly one in seven people killed on the roads here in NSW was a pedestrian.
In the pedestrian accidents where a pedestrian was killed, more than 25% occured between the hours of 5.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.
Pedestrian accidents where the pedestrian suffers an injury, especially in Sydney, peak between 8.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. and again in mid to late afternoon between 2.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.
Pedestrians being fatally injured are more likely to occur on Fridays and Saturdays, while injuries are more prevalent on weekdays.
Male pedestrians and children are particularly at risk of being killed and injured in pedestrian accidents. Research has also shown that a high number of pedestrians with alcohol in their bloodstream are susceptible to being hit by motor vehicles.
Many pedestrians are injured whilst walking with a green walk sign or whilst on a pedestrian crossing. It pays to be vigilant every time you step onto a roadway. Particular attention needs to be paid to the elderly and infirmed. Their hearing, eyesight and reflexes may be impaired. Drivers of motor vehicles need to be patient and give our senior citizens a wide berth, particularly when they are pedestrians on our roads.
Child pedestrian injuries are common. Boys aged around 13 have the highest rate of child pedestrian injuries. It is every parent’s responsibility to teach their children road safety.
Drivers need to be extremely vigilant around schools, play areas, bus set down areas, and in and around shopping centres.
We should teach our children to use pedestrian crossings remembering that merely stepping onto a pedestrian crossing does not ensure that you are safe. How often do we see people of all ages talking on their mobile phones or listening to music when crossing roads? All of these activities distract and leave pedestrians vulnerable to injury.
At Taylor & Scott, we have acted for pedestrians of all ages, from the very young to our senior citizens. Our pedestrian injury compensation legal team have acted in cases for children who have been brain damaged and paralysed in pedestrian accidents. We have acted for pedestrians of all ages who for one reason or another have fallen victim to motor vehicles.
In all pedestrian compensation claims, at Taylor & Scott we offer:-
- A Free Case Assessment at one of our offices or at your home, hospital or other convenient location.
- If we act for you or your loved one, it will be on a no-win/no-pay basis meaning if you don’t win, we don’t get paid.
- We retain the best experts to prove liability and to prove each aspect of the pedestrian’s compensation claim, for example, by retaining medical experts, rehabilitation experts and experts on liability.
So if you or someone you know is an injured pedestrian, you can trust Taylor & Scott’s expert pedestrian compensation lawyers to do everything they can to ensure maximum compensation.
Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to helping you and your family to a better future. Contact us on 1800 600 664 or complete the Contact Form on this page.
At Taylor & Scott “We Care For You”.