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Pedestrians v cars

One case involved a sprightly Doncaster pensioner who was on her way to the bus station after an afternoon bingo session in the town centre.
As she was crossing the road, a taxi reversed into her and in the words of a witness, “tossied her into the air”. A significant stay in hospital and permanent injuries were the result of that particular accident.
Some years ago, we handled a personal injury case for another pensioner who had been knocked down in Goldthorpe. She had almost finished crossing the road when the driver turned into the street and clipped her, causing a broken leg.
Interestingly, this was a case that showed the level of training of some insurance assessors – as the case was defended for quite some time, despite Rule 170 of the Highway Code, which is apparently widely known to motorists (and insurance assessors) that states pedestrians crossing the road into which a vehicle has turned, take priority.
The most outrageous cases actually involve pedestrian crossings. There is often an argument between parties about whether the green man was showing or not.  In a case involving an Edlington pensioner, we were lucky to have a couple of independent witnesses, including a driver travelling in the opposite direction, who were able to confirm that the defendant had actually run the red light.
The only advantage to road traffic claims is the guarantee of recovering some compensation due to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB), which ensure compensation for injuries can be recovered even where the offending motorist is not insured, or is untraced.
One example where the MIB was used was when a  man was coming home from an evening in Balby. He had only had a couple of drinks and decided the roads were quiet enough to cross the dual carriageway instead of using the subway. Half way across he was hit by a speeding motorist, who didn’t stop. The police were unable to trace the driver, but the client was able to recover compensation for his fractured elbow thanks to the Untraced Drivers Scheme run by the MIB.  

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