Compare Pedestrian Accident Claims
Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable people on the UK’s roads. Department of Transport statistics show that in 2018, this group accounted for 26 per cent of all road deaths. Over the 12-month period, 456 pedestrians were killed and more than 22,000 were injured.
Because they are not protected by a vehicle, pedestrians can suffer the full force of any collisions with cars or other road users. They can also be more difficult for drivers to spot, meaning there is an increased risk of being struck. Being involved in an accident as a pedestrian can be physically and psychologically traumatic, sometimes resulting in serious, life-changing or even fatal injuries.
Can I make a pedestrian accident claim?
You may be able to make a claim if you were struck by a vehicle on the pavement, road or at a crossing. In many cases, accidents are caused by dangerous or negligent driving. For example, they may be a result of speeding, ignoring traffic lights, not paying attention or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Accidents can also be caused by motorists failing to give way when pedestrians have priority. For example, although the Highway Code states that when turning into a road, vehicles must give way to pedestrians who are already crossing, this doesn’t always happen.
You may be entitled to make a pedestrian accident claim whether you have suffered serious injuries such as:
- Broken arms or legs
- Neck or back injuries
- Head or brain injuries
The majority of accidents that involve pedestrians are caused by the inattention or recklessness of motorists. However, even if you believe that you might have been partially responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. It is always worth speaking to a legal expert to see if you can make a claim.
How long do I have to make a pedestrian injury claim?
From the date of the accident, you have up to three years to begin your claim. However, time limits vary if you are claiming through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or if you are taking legal action on behalf of a child or someone who has diminished mental capacity.
The important thing is not to delay your claim. It’s advisable to speak to a pedestrian accident claims lawyer as soon as possible to avoid the risk of running out of time.
How much compensation can I get for pedestrian accident/injury claims?
The amount of compensation you may receive for your injuries will depend on the specific details of your case, including the nature of the accident, the severity of your injuries and any support or rehabilitation you require as a result.
The factors that will be taken into account include:
- Your pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings (now and in the future)
- Expenses incurred as a result of the incident (including medical and travel costs)
- Your needs in terms of care and support (now and in the future)
- Any modifications you have had to make to your home
- Any mobility aids you need
You can use our claims calculator to give you an idea of how much personal injury compensation you might be eligible to receive.
Before you get any final settlement, you may be entitled to early payments to help you cover ongoing costs. Called interim payments, they can only be made if the party you are claiming compensation from admits that they are responsible for your injuries.
These early payments can be used to replace lost earnings and to cover the cost of medical care or mobility aids. Having access to this money before a final settlement is agreed can play an important role in helping to relieve any immediate financial pressures you may be facing.
Start your pedestrian accident compensation claim today
Starting a personal injury compensation claim following a pedestrian accident can seem like a daunting process, but with the right legal expertise on your side, it may be easier than you think. An experienced solicitor will do the hard work for you, allowing you to focus on your recovery.