Sydney, New South Wales (PRWEB) June 18, 2012
Leading compensation lawyers Taylor and Scott have voiced their anger about the fact that the streets of Sydney can no longer be deemed safe for pedestrians after a spate of dangerous driving antics have resulted in death, very serious injuries and close calls over the past month. In just one week alone, there were seven motor vehicle accidents in Sydney in which pedestrians were hit in a four-hour timeframe - several of which involved women, some pregnant with young children and babies in prams.
This horror period on Sydney roads directly followed another week of carnage where twenty five pedestrian incidents were reported. These accidents involved pregnant women pushing prams, a father walking with his young son and several incidents involving elderly citizens. One 76-year-old lady was fatally injured in the Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt and a young woman of 38 was killed when hit by a bus whilst she was walking with her 11 month old daughter.
“What I find most concerning is that these accidents were not caused by pedestrians skylarking, jaywalking, crossing roads against ‘Don’t Walk’ signs or from being intoxicated,” exclaims one of Taylor and Scott’s expert compensation lawyers and Managing Partner, Gervase Liddy.
“It’s a sad state of affairs when pedestrians have to assume that bikes, cars, trucks and buses will not stop even if the pedestrians are on a marked crossing or walking with a green ‘Walk’ sign. The days of drivers paying common courtesy to pedestrians and allowing them to cross roads unhindered, seem to be all but gone.”
A perilous theme that has arisen across the state of New South Wales is a lack of attention being paid to the road whilst driving.
Senior Police have again cautioned drivers to not use mobile phones, to turn down their music, to keep both eyes on the road and to drive defensively at all times.
In addition to this, Police have cautioned pedestrians, especially joggers, to be careful and not to run with earplugs in their ears. Many become distracted by music and in turn cease to observe the road conditions.
“There is no point in believing any more that pedestrians have the right of way. Too many accidents are happening through inattention and a total lack of respect by drivers for pedestrians. Many drivers don’t seem to realise that their motor vehicles are deadly weapons and hitting a pedestrian can have catastrophic consequences,” comments Mr Liddy.
“Pedestrians must understand that a lot of drivers these days are under pressure to get from point A to point B quickly - everyone seems to have a deadline to meet. Hence pedestrians must start assuming that motor vehicles are simply not going to stop for them.”
Taylor and Scott also want to ensure that pedestrians are aware that if they are injured in a motor vehicle accident involving cars, trucks, buses or bikes, they should inform Police, including details of the vehicle involved.
If serious injuries resulted where a person spent time in hospital, time off work or suffered ongoing pain, they should immediately seek legal advice.
In a final statement, Mr Liddy says “In New South Wales there are time limits for completing notification to motor accident insurance companies so I urge injured pedestrians to get quality legal advice from legal firms that practice motor accident law such as Taylor and Scott Compensation Lawyers”.
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