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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 Accident Claim

If you have been injured by a car or any other vehicle in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian, we may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve. 

What causes pedestrian accidents? 

The most common causes of pedestrian accidents involve a driver, rider or pedestrian who: 

  • Failed to look properly 
  • Was careless, reckless, or in a hurry 
  • Failed to judge other person’s path or speed 

When both the pedestrian and the driver are partly to blame, you may still be able to claim road accident compensation. If this is the case, you will be awarded a percentage of the compensation, dependent on the split of liability. 

Typical injuries 

Pedestrians are classed as among the most vulnerable road users. Pedestrian accident injuries can vary but they may include: 

  • Bruises and contusions: You may experience tenderness, swelling, and discolouration where you were struck by the vehicle soon after the accident has happened. 
  • Cuts and lacerations: Some car accidents result in open wounds ranging from grazes to deep cuts. 
  • Fractures: If the car hit you at speed or you fall over after being hit, you may have broken one or more bones. This will cause extreme pain, an inability to move that part of the body and intense swelling. 
  • Head injuries: Again, depending on the speed of the car and how you feel, you may experience a head injury ranging from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury. 
  • Spinal injuries: Depending on where you were hit in the spine and the force with which you were hit, you may suffer pain and numbness. More severe injuries to the spine may result in paralysis and long-term disability. 
  • Internal injuries: One of the reasons it’s so important to check in with A&E after an accident, even if you feel OK, is the danger of internal bleeding which can be life-threatening. 
  • Psychological trauma: Not as reported on as much as it should be, pedestrians involved in a road accident may experience shock and anxiety after an incident. In the most severe cases, they may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. 

How are pedestrian injuries treated? 

The treatment you receive after you’ve experienced a pedestrian accident injury depends on where on your body you sustained your injury and its severity. 

When you report to A&E, the doctors, nurses, and consultants will run a series of tests on you to determine the extent of your injuries. 

They will then work on a personal treatment plan to restore you to full health as quickly and safely as possible. 

Can I claim for a pedestrian accident? 

When a pedestrian is hit by a car or other vehicle, they are entitled to claim for compensation as long as they were not entirely to blame for the accident. 

Can I claim 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 among the most vulnerable road users, and drivers have a duty of care to all pedestrians. 

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 injury claim lawyers we work with can assist you to pursue compensation for both your loss of earnings and your child’s accident. 

How much time do I have to claim? 

Typically, you have up to three years from the date of your accident to make a personal injury claim. 

A judge may decide to extend this statutory time limit depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident but this can’t be guaranteed. 

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. 

How much does it cost to make a pedestrian accident claim? 

Pedestrian injury claims are normally charged on a ‘no-win, no-fee basis’. This means that if your solicitor is unsuccessful in securing compensation for you, you’ll pay nothing to them. If they do win your case, they charge a fee of the total compensation amount you receive.  

Our service is free of charge. If our partner firm secures compensation for you, typically customers pay them 25% including VAT of the amount of compensation awarded although this is subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this. 

Why choose The Compensation Experts? 

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with pedestrian injury compensation claims every day. They have the experience and expertise you need so you get the pedestrian accident compensation you deserve.  

Contact us today and speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents. You can contact us by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 0800 182 2188

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I claim compensation if I didn’t go to the hospital after the accident? 

We would strongly advise you to go to A&E after being in an accident. Sometimes, it can take a while for symptoms to appear and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Attending hospital also means there is a medical record showing that you sought help after the accident. 

Please contact us to tell us about your accident, even if you didn’t go to hospital. We’ll then contact one of our partner law firms for a legal opinion on whether you can make a claim. 

Can I claim compensation if my accident involved a hit-and-run driver? 

If you are hit by a car as a pedestrian and you do 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, you must report a pedestrian accident claim to the police at the time of the accident, or soon afterwards. 

Do I have to use a claims management company for a pedestrian accident involving a hit-and-run driver? 

Where you have been involved in an accident with a driver and intend to make a claim against an uninsured or untraced driver, or an accident in the UK involving a foreign-registered vehicle, or claim involving a vehicle accident abroad (EEA/Green Card System), you are not required to use the services of a claims management company to pursue the claim.  
It may be possible for you to present the claim yourself directly, for free, with the Motor Insurance Bureau. 

What should I do if I’m involved in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian? 

If you’re involved in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian, you should: 

  • Seek medical help. If you need an ambulance, call 999. If you don’t the need emergency services, report to A&E as soon as possible. Even if you feel OK, you may have injuries that you’re not aware of yet.  
  • Tell the police about the accident so that there is an official record it took place. This is another important document of evidence you can use if you claim compensation. 
  • Try to collect the driver’s insurance and contact details as well as their registration number.  
  • If there were witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact details. Their recollections will be valuable in helping claim compensation later on as they are independent. 
  • If it’s safe to do so, try to take photographs of the scene, the vehicle that hit you, as well as any injuries you’ve sustained. It’s best to take the photographs straight away as there is no guarantee that there’s CCTV coverage in the area where you had your accident. 
  • When you’re ready, seek legal advice if the accident was not your fault. Choose a solicitor with experience in road traffic accidents to manage your case so that you have the best possible chance of a successful outcome. 

Related Information and Guides 

For more information, The Compensation Experts have the following resources relating to pedestrian accident claims:  

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