Do you know... about the changes to the Highway Code?
Posted on: March 10th, 2023
Do you know... about the changes to the Highway Code? Last year a new hierarchy of road users was introduced which will make people more alert as to the position of vulnerable road users, and more aware of the harm that they could do in a road traffic accident. This hierarchy is as follows: 💥Pedestrians 💥Cyclists 💥Horse riders 💥Motorcyclists 💥Cars and taxis 💥Vans and minibuses 💥Larger passenger vehicles and heavy goods vehicles As part of the changes, pedestrians now have a right of way over drivers and cyclists at junctions and at the side of the road. Previously, drivers must only give way to a pedestrian if the pedestrian has already begun crossing the road, or has entered the zebra crossing. These rules may lead to an increase in the number of road traffic accident claims that are made, as drivers will be more likely to be in the wrong under the Highway Code if they are involved in a collision with a pedestrian. As well as an increased right of way for pedestrians on the road, drivers must give way to cyclists who are turning into junctions, out of junctions, or switching lanes, as well as at roundabouts. This change could lead to an increase in cycling accident claims being made against drivers for collisions occurring at junctions. Have you been involved in a road traffic accident? Call us today. Choose the one you know, Atha & Co. 🤝