Pedestrian Accident Claims
If you have been injured by a car or any other vehicle in a pedestrian accident, we may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Pedestrian Accidents Claims
A pedestrian accident is a road traffic accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The most common types of pedestrian accident include:
- Drivers driving carelessly
- Hit and run cases
- Drivers going through red lights
Pedestrians are amongst some of the most vulnerable road users, so have the same level of protection as cyclists and motorcyclists. In fact, according to the Government website, pedestrians represented 14% of all road traffic accident casualties in 2019.
If you have had a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
What causes a pedestrian accident?
A pedestrian accident involving a car or other automobile can be the fault of either the driver, the pedestrian, or both.
In cases where the driver is at fault, the reason for the road accident is usually carelessness. Examples of driver carelessness include:
- Driving without paying attention
- Driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol
There are certain situations where a pedestrian may be at fault for the road accident. These include:
- Crossing behind a stationary or parked vehicle
- Acting recklessly
- Crossing without looking
- Wearing dark clothing at night
Where both the pedestrian, and the driver are each partly to blame, you may still be able to claim road accident compensation with contributory negligence, or split liability. If this is the case, you will be awarded a percentage of the compensation, dependent on the split of the liability.
Road traffic accident or Motor Insurers Bureau claim?
If you are hit by a car as a pedestrian and you did not get the details of the driver, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau.
The Motor Insurers Bureau is an organisation that insurance companies pay into, in the event of an accident where one of the parties is an uninsured or untraced driver. This would be the case if the driver involved in your pedestrian accident either drove away or they were uninsured.
However, all road traffic pedestrian accident claims must be reported to the police at the time of the accident, or soon afterwards. The Motor Insurers Bureau will then pay the compensation rather than the insurance company.
Claiming road accident compensation on behalf of a child
If your child has been involved in a pedestrian accident on the road, you can make a claim on their behalf. Children are the most vulnerable road users, and drivers have a duty of care to all pedestrians, so it is likely that the driver may be responsible for any road accident.
Additionally, you may have also had to take time off work to look after your child, meaning the road accident has impacted you both. The pedestrian accident lawyers we work with can assist you to claim compensation for both your loss of earnings and your child’s accident.
Uniquely, a child has longer to claim for a road accident than an adult; usually, you have three years, but a child would have until they turned 21 to make a claim through a pedestrian accident lawyer.
Physical and mental effects of a pedestrian accident
A pedestrian accident can cause serious injuries, especially in the case of a pedestrian accident. This is because pedestrians rarely, if ever, have any way of protecting themselves from a vehicle. Subsequently, if you have experienced a particularly traumatising traffic accident, you may find that your mental health is impacted as much as your physical health.
We work with some of the leading pedestrian accident lawyers in the country, who are experts in pedestrian accidents. This means they can help you to claim compensation for the mental and physical effects of your accident.
How we can help with pedestrian accident claims
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with pedestrian accidents every day. They are, therefore, extremely well placed to help you get the pedestrian accident compensation you deserve. Contact us today and speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors. You can contact us by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765