Almost two-thirds of the people killed in road traffic accidents worldwide are pedestrians.
Most of these accidents are caused by human error – on the part of the pedestrian or the driver, or both.
Sadly, when a pedestrian is hit by a car, there is no real doubt as to who is going to come off worst. Not only can the impact of the car inflict a catastrophic injury on the pedestrian, but the victim then faces the almost certain danger of hitting the ground as well.
It is therefore crucial that a) drivers take extra care when driving through built up areas areas, especially where young children are around, and that b) pedestrians are careful when crossing the road.
Europe's worst record
In 2013 Scotland was described as having the "worst record in the Europe" for pedestrian safety, with pedestrian deaths accounting for 68% of road deaths in built up areas; this compared to the Europe-wide average of 37%.
"What is clear from these statistics is pedestrians are still the most vulnerable road users," commented Keith Irving, head of Living Streets Scotland
He urged national and local government to recognise Scotland's record in Europe for pedestrian fatalities and insisted that governmental support for the Responsible Parking Bill, which aims to ensure safe crossing points and the proper enforcement of slower traffic speeds, would demonstrate a commitment to keeping pedestrians safe in Scotland.
Thompsons personal injury solicitors
Thompsons, the leading personal injury firm in Scotland, can help you secure compensation for pedestrian injuries caused in the following circumstances:
- Drivers going too fast
- Drivers under the influence of drink or drugs
- Drivers who ignore traffic lights
- Drivers who fail to pay attention
If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered injuries, please do not hesitate to contact Thompsons No Win No Fee specialists. We can let you know whether you are entitled to any compensation, and help you claim it. Just give us a call on 0800 0891331.