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.
Why make a claim 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.
What is the claims process for a road traffic accident?
Claims for pedestrian injury compensation can be made up to three years after the road collision occurred. During the initial stages of making a road traffic accident claim, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the injury and resulting losses.
Types of pedestrian accidents
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?
Claims can usually be made up to three years after the accident occurred. Get in touch to find out if you are eligible to claim.
Serious Injuries and Brain & Spinal Injury
It takes seconds to change a life, but time and money to re-build it after a devastating accident. We have the specialist expertise to help you deal with a serious injury claim.
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.
Wilkin Chapman LLP’s solicitors are accredited to the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
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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