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Is it illegal to run over someone lying down on the road?


INSULATE Britain continue to cause chaos on the roads, with many motorists becoming frustrated and impatient with their movements.

But what are the rules for motorists when approaching someone on the road?

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Is it illegal to run over someone who is lying down on the road?

Everybody, whether on foot or behind the wheel of a car, has a duty of responsibility to both themselves and those around them.

Pedestrians should only ever cross a road where it is safe to do so.

Despite this, it is typically those who are driving that hold the most responsibility when a pedestrian is struck by a moving vehicle.

This is largely down to the fact that a car is a potentially lethal weapon and, in the event of a collision, it is almost impossible for a vehicle to come off worse than a pedestrian.

What could be the punishment be?

The punishment for hitting a pedestrian with a car can vary greatly depending on the severity and nature of the incident.

Cases like this are usually labelled under ‘driving without due care and attention’ which typically result in a £100 fine and 3 points on your driving license (or, if eligible, a driver education course).

If you disagree with your punishment and believe that the pedestrian was at fault, you are able to request a court hearing – this, however, can be both costly and time-consuming.

In the event of a more serious incident, a court case will be summoned automatically.

This could result in a maximum fine of £5,000 and potential disqualification from driving for a period of time consistent with the severity of the incident.

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What should I do if someone is lying down on the road?

If someone is lying in the road, it is important you approach with caution as the condition of the person is not always clear.

Coming up to a pedestrian crossing on a multi-lane road? Is there a car already stationary there? If the lights then change to green, do not use your extra momentum to zip past the stationary car – this is illegal.

You must not overtake the car nearest to the pedestrian crossing. Why? Because their vehicle may be concealing a pedestrian already on the crossing,

Do not overtake unless you are sure it is safe and legal to do so. Overtake only on the right.





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