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Pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accident claims

Last year, there were 65 reported cases of road traffic accidents involving pedestrians every day - of which some were fatal - one quarter involved children. This alarming statistic demonstrates the scale of serious injury for pedestrians on the road.

As a pedestrian you are classed as a vulnerable road user which means you are at higher risk of suffering an injury (sometimes even fatal injuries) if you are involved in a road traffic accident. This is due to the lack of protective shell around pedestrians, unlike those driving vehicles.

Injuries sustained from accidents involving pedestrians may have significant impacts on long-term physical and mental health as well as loss of earnings and the ability to work. Our road traffic accident claim solicitors will ensure that you receive the best possible compensation, taking into account every aspect of life which is affected, offering support and rehabilitation along the way.

Our team of personal injury solicitors can offer:

  • Free home and hospital visits
  • Free initial interview
  • Rapid results
  • Personal service
  • No middlemen
  • No Win No Fee

As well as having extensive experience with pedestrian accident claims, our road traffic accident solicitors understand the intricate issues which can arise after a road traffic accident. When your safety is compromised on the road through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

If you or a member of your family have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, either by being hit by a car when crossing the road, hit by a bike or any other accident on the road or pavement we are here to help you.

If you are unsure of your eligibility to make a pedestrian injury claim, request a call back from our personal injury experts by filling in the online contact form at the top of this page. Alternatively you can contact us using the below details.

Contact our Personal Injury experts

FREEPHONE Accident Claims Helpline:
0800 183 8483 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm)


Why choose us?

We have a dedicated team of experts who have a wealth of experience in dealing with pedestrian injury claims from intricate and specialist issues that arise for vulnerable road users to compensation for loss of earnings and other serious injury claims.

Wilkin Chapman LLP solicitors are also accredited to the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Brain injury, spinal injury and serious injury rehabilitation

There are so many ways those with brain and spinal or serious injuries can be helped to lead a full life, but assistance is difficult to come by through the NHS. Appropriate compensation is the key to accessing this help - therapy, aids and equipment, accommodation, care, extra costs. Money may need to be managed through the Court of Protection.

We offer a personal, local service for all aspects of a serious injury claims, funded by insurance backed conditional fee agreements, to help you achieve the best outcome. We also hold a Legal Aid Agency contract for medical negligence and can offer Legal Aid for children with severe neurological injuries caused by alleged negligence.

Call one of our team of over 35 expert personal injury solicitors on our FREEPHONE Accident Claims Helpline on 0800 183 8483.

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Email: or make an enquiry using the contact form at the top of the page.

Useful contacts

Brake 0808 8000 401

RoadPeace 0845 4500 355

SCARD 0345 1235 542

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Pedestrian injury compensation claim FAQs

After drivers, pedestrians are the second largest road user group. But very few pedestrian casualties are a result of pedestrian error, with the majority caused by drivers. The unfortunate downside is that as a pedestrian, you're the least protected and most exposed road user, meaning collisions are more likely to result in serious injury.

What are the most common reasons for pedestrian injury?

Pedestrians can face danger on the pavement, in the road or at a crossing. Many road accidents involving pedestrians are caused by negligent driving, from distracted drivers or drink driving to speeding. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, their lack of protective shell means they can suffer extreme and potentially life-changing injuries as a result.

Should I make a claim for compensation after being hit by a vehicle?

Lives can be changed in seconds, but it takes time, money and ongoing support to rebuild them after a traumatic accident. Though no amount of money can make up for the damages occurring from severe injuries such as spinal injury, head injury and amputation, appropriate compensation may be necessary for you and your family. We will also arrange and support rehabilitation, helping you get your life back on track.

What is the claims process for a road traffic accident?

During the initial stages of making a road traffic accident claim, our road traffic accident solicitors will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injuries and resulting losses from the pedestrian road accident.

Road accidents involving pedestrians

Without the protection of a vehicle, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to serious road traffic accidents. Children in particular are at risk of life-threatening injuries but pedestrian accidents can occur at any age.

Types of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Pedestrian hit by car or motorcycle
  • Hit by cyclist while riding on the pavement
  • Hit and run
  • Drivers running red lights
  • Driver failing to stop at zebra crossing
  • Car failing to stop for lollipop signal at school crossings

What is the time limit when making a personal injury accident claim?

If you are injured in an accident as a pedestrian, under the Limitation Act 1980 you have strictly speaking three years from the date of the pedestrian accident in which to bring a claim for any injury sustained. However, this is not a rule that applies to all claims. The timescale can differ due to factors such as if the accident involves a child or a vulnerable person who lacked mental capacity. It is therefore essential that you obtain early legal advice following a road traffic accident.

How long will my pedestrian injury claim take?

This is dependent on a number of variables. If the defendant admits liability straightaway, you recover from your injuries quickly and settlement is straightforward, then your claim could take three to six months. However, if liability is denied, your injuries are complex; it takes longer for you to recover than first thought, then the timescale can vary quite dramatically as to when it will settle.

Will I have to attend any meetings with my claims handler in person?

It is our preferred option to meet with you face to face, but we live in a busy digital age, which along with geographical location, work and other commitments allows us to discuss your claim by telephone, video calls and email. It can also extend to sending you all the relevant documents that need reviewing, completing and signing by post, email or other electronic means. So, we do not necessarily need to meet face to face regularly or at all.

What is my claim worth?

Pedestrian accident injury compensation depends on various factors including:

  • The extent of your injuries
  • How long it takes you to recover
  • Whether or not you suffer any further complications
  • What if any pre-existing problems are involved
  • Whether or not you require any further medical treatment, operations or long-term care or treatment

Please note, the information on this page is not meant to be a substitute for advice provided by a doctor. Always consult with an appropriate professional for specific advice related to your situation.

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