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Road Traffic Hero Taking Law Into His Own Hands in Mexico City

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 

Mexico City has seen a new type of superhero emerge with the arrival of Peatónito or Pedestrian Man, who is fighting for the rights of pedestrians.

In the three years that Pedestrian Man has been operating in the city, the number of road traffic accidents involving pedestrians has been severely cut. Armed with his white aerosol can (to repaint/create zebra crossing) and the Highway Code, Pedestrian Man has raised awareness of the dangers on the road, put pressure on the government to reduce the number of accidents in the area and improved road traffic safety.

Such pressure from road traffic campaigners has resulted in the government taking action. New road traffic regulations have been introduced on minor roads and further regulations have been passed. The steps have been in an attempt to end the 52 fatal accidents in every 1,000 in the city. In the entire country, the rate is 39 deaths for every 1,000 accidents.

Like many cities, Mexico is attempting to reduce the number of vehicles in the city and encourage the use of bikes, public transport and walking in and around the city. Last year just under 500 people were killed in the city following a collision with a vehicle.

Road Traffic Accidents: Vulnerable Road Users

pedmanLike many areas Mexico City has invested too heavily for car users resulting in inadequate safety procedures in place for others. This, in turn, has resulted in more accidents involving vehicles.

In the UK, there is a large number of vulnerable road users who are injured each year in road traffic accidents, with cyclists and pedestrians the most likely to be seriously injured or killed. According to surveys, one of the most common reasons for vulnerable road users being injured is drivers failing to look properly at junctions. Motorcyclist, pedestrians and cyclists can all be affected by this negligence.

Many road traffic safety groups have stated that as cars are relying more on technology that they are becoming oblivious to other vulnerable road users. However, if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Claiming Compensation: Road Traffic Accidents in Sunderland

Regardless of how safe you are on the road, there is always the risk that someone else will not be. However, you can take legal action if you were involved in an accident that was not your fault. To make a claim, it is important to have as much evidence as possible. Our solicitors will require information such as where, when and how the incident occurred as well as the details of the accident, who was responsible and any witness reports that can verify your claim.

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own, unlike Pedestrian Man you do not need to take the law into your own hands. To find out if you could make a personal injury claim following an accident on the road or any type of accident, contact us today using our online contact form after reading more about our services for people who have been involved in road accident claims in Sunderland.


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