Motor vehicles are unable to stop on a penny. A vehicle travelling at 40km per hour takes 26m to stop on a dry road and even more on a wet surface. A car travelling at 60km per hour takes 45m to stop on a dry road.
The Motor Accident Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) covers pedestrians who are hit and injured when crossing a road – if the driver of the vehicle involved is deemed to have been negligent. However liability can be denied if in fact it is the pedestrian who is the negligent party. Where a driver is determined to be partly negligent for any collision, but the pedestrian has also been careless of their safety, then an allegation of contributory negligence can be made against the pedestrian, and the level of compensation payable reduced by the percentage of contributory negligence which is determined to be applicable to the pedestrian.
The moral of this story. Take care when crossing roads.
If you, or a member of your family have been injured in a motor vehicle accident you could be entitled to compensation. You can contact Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 251 800 or by making an online enquiry, to obtain friendly advice about your circumstances from one of our compensation experts.