Vulnerable Road Users – 4 ways to stay safe

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As a pedestrian, you are one of the most vulnerable road users, which means that when out and about; and you are involved in an accident with another road user, you are most likely to face the most significant damage.

If as a vulnerable road user, you were involved in a road traffic accident; we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland.

Top tips on how to stay safe 

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vulnerable road users crossing

Wear bright clothing at night 

As a pedestrian, to other vehicle drivers, you are less visible. Especially at night, you should wear bright and reflective clothing, especially if travelling in areas without street lighting to make you less vulnerable on the roads.

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hi-vis jacket

Use Pedestrian Zones 

When possible, use pedestrian zones and avoid driving on the roads. If there are roadworks on the designated pedestrian zones, there should be temporary pedestrian zones available; if there aren’t any available, be cautious when walking around traffic.

Avoid Going On Your Phone 

Avoid distractions when walking around, especially in busier areas. When crossing the road, don’t go on your phone; even if you checked you should be aware of your surroundings at all times; to be able to react to any hazards. If pedestrian zones aren’t available, make sure to walk on the opposite side of ongoing traffic.

Cross at Pedestrian Crossings 

If possible, cross at pedestrian crossings, if pedestrian crossings aren’t available and you must cross; make sure to check both sides of the road thoroughly and proceed with caution. When you are crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing, make sure to still check both sides of the road if all vehicles have stopped.

Driver’s Responsibilities Towards Vulnerable Road Users

The Hierarchy of road users gives pedestrians priority when trying to cross at a crossing. When vehicles see pedestrians at a crossing, it is critical to stop and let them cross. Even if the crossing does not have a traffic light system, vehicles should stop and give pedestrians priority.

If vehicles see pedestrians on the road, they should always stop and wait for them to cross.

The Hierarchy of road users presents pedestrians as the most vulnerable road users. That means that vehicles have the tremendous responsibility to keep pedestrians safe at all times. If as a pedestrian you were hurt due to road users failing to adhere to their duty of care, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. 

Have you been involved in an accident as a pedestrian? 

If you have been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. We will ensure you get the highest possible compensation in the most stress-free and easy way, enabling you to get back to your daily life in no time.

If you were involved in an accident as a vulnerable road user, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. 

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We know the process thoroughly and can offer free consultations to see how much compensation you may get for your case after being involved in an accident as a vulnerable road user. 

Contact us now. Solicitors On Your Side Scotland can offer you free advice and consultations. Our solicitors can help you on a no win-no fee basis. That means there will be no hidden fees.

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