What is a Zebra Crossing?
A zebra crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing that is marked with alternating black and white stripes. It is a common sight in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom.
Who Has the Right of Way at a Zebra Crossing?
In the UK, drivers must give way to pedestrians who have already started to cross the road at a zebra crossing. This means that drivers must stop even if the pedestrian is still on the pavement.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, drivers do not have to give way if they are turning right at a junction and there is no oncoming traffic. Drivers also do not have to give way if they are on a one-way street and the pedestrian is crossing from the opposite direction.
If a driver fails to give way to a pedestrian at a zebra crossing, they could be fined £100 and receive three penalty points on their driving licence. In some cases, the driver could also be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
Accidents at Zebra Crossings
Accidents at zebra crossings are relatively rare, but they do happen. In 2021, there were 1,320 accidents at zebra crossings in the UK. These accidents resulted in 13 deaths and 1,238 injuries.
The most common cause of accidents at zebra crossings is drivers failing to give way to pedestrians. Other causes include pedestrians stepping out into the road without looking, and drivers speeding or driving while distracted.
What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident at a Zebra Crossing
If you are involved in an accident at a zebra crossing, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. You should also report the accident to the police.
If you have been injured in an accident at a zebra crossing, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact the accident has had on your life.
How to Stay Safe at Zebra Crossings
Here are some tips for staying safe at zebra crossings:
- Always look both ways before crossing the road.
- Be aware of your surroundings and make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Don’t assume that drivers will see you and stop.
- If you are a driver, be prepared to stop for pedestrians at zebra crossings.
- Don’t speed or drive while distracted when approaching a zebra crossing.
By following these tips, you can help to reduce the risk of accidents at zebra crossings.
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