How the new Highway Code helps pedestrians who have been hit by a car
The Highway Code was updated in January 2022, giving much greater protection vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, people riding horses, and, of course, pedestrians.
The number of pedestrians who are hit by a car or other vehicles on Britain’s roads every year is still far too high, and the government has pledged to take action to safeguard them.
The new Highway Code acknowledges that pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all road users and the changes that have been incorporated in the latest rules reflect this. The key points are:
- Pedestrians now have priority when crossing the road at a junction. This means that a vehicle waiting to turn in to or out of the junction should wait for the pedestrian to cross before manoeuvring.
- Where an area is shared by vulnerable road users, cyclists and horse riders should take care to not pass pedestrians at speed to ensure their safety; and
- Cyclists are now required to give way to pedestrians crossing at a junction, in the same way that a motor vehicle is obliged to.
If you have been injured due to another road user not following the new code, you may have a claim and a specialist in our department would be able to discuss this with you.
If you have been hit by a car or any another type of motor vehicle that has failed to follow these new rules, then contact us about claiming compensation. We operate on a fully no win, no fee basis and offer a completely free case assessment service.
If you have been hit by a car as a pedestrian and want to know if you can claim compensation, then contact our free helpline either by calling freephone 0333 888 0408 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org