The South African Road Accident Fund is in place to protect pedestrians as much as drivers. Do you live in a small town and find yourself walking to most destinations? It is often more convenient to take a short stroll to the shops or local pub, but be aware that you are still a road user when you are walking! Pedestrians are just as responsible for following the rules of the road as drivers are. With increasing traffic levels this holiday season, it pays to be wise and alert when using the road, even when on the pavement.

Pedestrian safety tips

An important tip for pedestrians to remember is to cross the street only when and where it is safe to do so. Jaywalking has led to many unfortunate accidents, and because it is illegal, you are not within your rights to claim for damages if you are injured when jaywalking. Only cross at traffic light intersections or zebra crossings, and only when the signal is clear. Many people tend to ignore the red and green pedestrian traffic lights, but it is not a driver’s fault if you walk out of turn. It is also important to remember to check for turning vehicles at corners or driveways – this is when visibility is most restricted for both driver and pedestrian.

Pedestrian road safety

Road accidents can often have severe consequences for pedestrians, as you are less able to avoid the accident on foot. Pedestrians cannot move out of the way of speeding vehicles in time, and do not have the protection that a car can offer. If you have recently been involved in an accident that was caused by a negligent or irresponsible driver, you can claim against the Road Accident Fund for compensation.

Pedestrians are more likely to suffer severe injuries in an accident, which the Road Accident Fund will be able to assist with in terms of medical and hospital bills. For any assistance with pedestrian road accidents or South African Road Accident Fund claims, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys.

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