Pedestrian Injury Compensation

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Road Traffic Claims / Pedestrian Injury Compensation

Pedestrian Injury Compensation

Unfortunately, pedestrians and especially children are very vulnerable to being hit by vehicles on the roads in the UK. Thousands of collisions happen every year resulting in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity and circumstance.

Accidents that cause injuries to pedestrians can happen at any time of the day or night. They often happen when there is no control of the traffic and there is a higher incidence of these accidents in urban over rural areas.

Injuries to pedestrians can sometimes be caused by the pedestrian themselves, for example, not looking when crossing the road or crossing a dangerous road believing it to be safe.

However, many accidents happen as a result of driver error. By law, all drivers have a duty of care to road users including pedestrians and with that comes a responsibility to ensure safety as much as possible. If this duty has been breached and caused your injury then it could be possible to pursue compensation, providing it can be proven that the fault was theirs.

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Hit and run accidents

You could be hit by a driver who stops but, in some circumstances, ‘hit and run’ cases do occur. In these situations, you may still be able to claim, even if the driver is uninsured. There is an organisation set up by the government called the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) to compensate victims for personal injury and damage to property in road traffic accidents (RTAs) where the driver is either uninsured or untraceable.

If it is a child under 18 that is injured, a parent or guardian can make a claim on their behalf. As with most personal injury cases you have a time limit of three years to make a claim, however, a child has until they are 21 to make a claim no matter what age they were injured.

Visit our Hit and run accident page for more information.

Pedestrian injury compensation. Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents

It is impossible to cite all the different ways in which you can be injured as a pedestrian but there are some situations which occur more often than others, for example:

  • Road rage/driving aggressively or too fast
  • Poor visibility when driving
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Ignoring traffic lights
  • Intoxication of pedestrians
  • Exceeding the speed limit in low-speed zones
  • Incorrect driver’ perception of risk
  • A high volume of traffic
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Type of vehicle involved

When a person is hit by a vehicle, even at a reasonably low speed, it can result in devastating and long-lasting injuries. We understand how stressful, painful and upsetting the situation can be.

Do I have a case for a Pedestrian injury compensation claim?

All road users have a duty of care over pedestrians. Drivers of vehicles are held to a higher standard of care, as they are far more likely to cause an injury.

In order to be eligible to make a compensation claim, the accident must have:

  • Caused the injury in question
  • Occurred within the past 3 years
  • Arisen as the result of another's actions or negligence

Compensation or ‘damages', fall into two categories:

General damages

General damages are paid to compensate the claimant for their injuries and are calculated in relation to the nature and severity of an injury.

If you have a pre-existing injury it may also be possible to claim if it can be proved that the condition has worsened as a result of the accident.

Special damages

Special damages are included where compensation can be claimed for any financial losses that may occur. These include:

  • The cost of medical treatment required
  • Loss of earnings due to the accident
  • Any damage to personal property
  • Any other costs resulting from the accident e.g. travel expenses to and from hospital

Starting Your Pedestrian Injury Compensation Claim

First Personal Injury has experience in dealing with all kinds of injuries to pedestrians. We are used to the diverse circumstances which bring about a claim and appreciate the often difficult decision you have made to pursue pedestrian injury compensation.

Your accident may have left you with a severe injury which has meant you have been unable to enjoy the things in life that you used to do. It may have meant a permanent or long-term injury that you now have to live with every day. This could have also impacted on your ability to work and earn a living.

We will work hard on your behalf to achieve for you the injury compensation you deserve.