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.