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Car accidents » Alternative road accidents

We deal with many successful road accident claims every month but when you think of the term road accident you will normally picture a collision involving a car, van, lorry, bus or perhaps even a bicycle. What about accidents involving other modes of transport which are ridden or driven both on the pavement and road?

If you go for a walk in the city today then you could be faced with any number of obstacles from push along scooters and skateboards to roller skates and roller blades. Many young people travel on the pavement via these modes of transport in order to avoid taking their chances with the traffic and having a serious road accident. However, they travel much faster than the average pedestrian and run the risk of knocking people over and consequently becoming the subject of no win, no fee claims for compensation.

\"\\\"Of guide dog owners interviewed by healthyeyes.org.uk, 28% stated that cyclists and skateboards on the pavement are among their biggest fears when they are walking around. Some guide dog owners have been knocked down by cyclists and skateboarders who think it is acceptable to ride on the pavement. It seems these youngsters are neither thinking of the personal injury they might cause to the blind, nor the potential for them becoming the focus of accident claims made by blind people who decide to contact no win, no fee solicitors. For more information please visit www.healthyeyes.org.uk.

Cycling and skating safely

  • Pass your cycling proficiency test and ride on the road, using cycle paths where provided.
  • Make sure that your front and back lights work well and any reflectors are clean.
  • Make sure your brakes are working.
  • Always wear a helmet when cycling and protective pads when skating. This will help protect you from sustaining a serious personal injury if you fall.
  • Make sure that you are visible to other road users. Wear fluorescent clothing during the day and something reflective at night.
  • Never rollerblade or skateboard on the road.
  • Use playgrounds, parks or specially provided areas.

Youngsters and their activities are not the only potential road accident risk; the elderly and their mobility scooters can be just as much threat to pedestrians and motorists. There are two types of scooter available: class 2 with a maximum speed of 4mph to be used only on the pavement and class 3 with a maximum speed of 8mph, which can be used on the road. These should only be used by people who suffer from some form of physical disability and are aged over the age of 14.

There are thought to be around 250,000 mobility scooter users in the UK today and many of their vehicles are second hand, poorly maintained and have not undergone any form of safety check. Subsequently, many do not have either a tax disc or an exemption certificate. Users are required to register their vehicles with the DVLA and failure to do so is a criminal offence which could prove problematic if the user is involved in an accident either on the road or pavement. Neglecting this paperwork certainly has the potential to disadvantage any future accident claim made through a no win, no fee solicitors. For more information take a look at http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk

What is the solution?
Skateboard parks have been introduced in areas throughout the UK to try and prevent youths performing stunts on public paths where they may cause personal injury to pedestrians and in roads where they may be in danger of causing a road accident. This is working to some extent but youngsters still tend to travel to and from skate parks by skateboard on the pavement.

Cycle routes have also been introduced in some areas. However, as we have previously reported on HappyClaim, the UK has cycle lanes placed everywhere from the challenging to the ridiculous, making it difficult for cyclists to avoid riding on the pavement or in the road where they are at risk of being involved in a road accident.

Mobility scooters should all undergo safety checks before they are declared road or pavement-worthy. While you dont need a driving licence to ride a mobility scooter, it would also be advisable for those that use the vehicles to have basic training and a health assessment, including an eyesight check. The correct type of vehicle should be used in the right environment, that is the slower class 2 should be used on the pavement and the nippier class 3 used on the road.

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Working on a strictly no win, no fee basis, we have helped thousands of people to claim compensation for pain, suffering, lost earnings and medical expenses after they have been involved in an accident that was either not their fault or only partly their fault. We can also help you to claim for repairs to your vehicle and arrange a replacement vehicle for the time that you are off the road.

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