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How can Wosskow Brown Solicitors help you claim for compensation after an accident as a pedestrian?
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Our No Win No Fee agreement means you can pursue a personal injury claim, without having to worry about paying any upfront legal costs. Should your compensation claim be unsuccessful, our No Win No Fee agreement can provide you with the peace of mind that you won’t be charged, and left out of pocket. You shouldn’t be put off making a claim due to any financial risk, allowing you to rightfully seek the compensation you deserve after being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault as a pedestrian.
Pedestrian Accident Compensation Claims
Road traffic accidents involving a pedestrian are more likely to result in serious injuries. If you have suffered from injuries as a pedestrian who was knocked down, we fully understand how stressful and traumatic it can be for you. Fortunately, we can help you get justice by helping you claim compensation for your injuries as a pedestrian.
You may be entitled to claim for compensation to cover costs that you have faced as a result of your accident and injuries. This includes claims for general pain and suffering, and any medical expenses incurred.
Furthermore, you may also be worrying about not being able to work for some time because of your injuries and the effects this will have on your income. We can also help you claim back any loss of earnings, past and future, to make sure you are not out of pocket.
We aim to make the process as stress free as possible, so you can focus on your recovery.
What is a pedestrian accident claim?
A pedestrian accident refers to a road traffic collision involving a person on foot. Pedestrian accidents typically occur when you attempt to cross a road or highway. However, traffic accidents involving pedestrians are often linked to distracted or reckless driving. They can be caused by the negligence of care by another road user.
Due to the many different causes of a pedestrian accident, we judge each claim on a case-by-case basis. We understand all circumstances are unique. In cases where another party is responsible for the accident, there will be many factors that we will take into account when assessing compensation; including the severity of injuries. In order to be successful, the evidence must be presented to prove injuries sustained were caused by someone else’s negligence.
What should I do if I am involved in an accident as a pedestrian?
Road traffic accidents involving pedestrians can often be injurious due to the lack of protection against the force of impact; therefore attending to your health and well-being should take priority. However, if you are able to, there are a number of steps you can take after the accident has occurred which can help with starting a claim for compensation.
- Photographs - Of the accident scene as well as the immediate environment and area surrounding it
- Police - If you are hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian it is important (although not essential) that you report the matter to the police
- Witnesses - Collect their contact details and any other information they are willing to supply, so they can provide a statement
- Keep any evidence of expenses incurred as a result of accident - e.g. treatment invoices, prescription receipts
- Contact us - We will go through any evidence you have collected and take the time to talk through your accident with you in order to do an assessment of your case. From this, we can provide honest advice and guidance on the next steps in your potential case for a compensation claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much compensation can I claim?
Probably one of the most common questions asked by clients when first enquiring about a personal injury they have suffered, is ‘how much compensation am I entitled to?’ Or ‘how much is my claim worth?’
It’s incredibly hard to say how much compensation you are entitled to following a pedestrian accident, as compensation is based on your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Due to the different circumstances, this is based on it means no two claims are the same, and all are treated individually.
To get a better idea of this, it helps to know how a claim is calculated. Take a look at our "How much compensation can I claim?" guide to understand all the factors involved in calculating your compensation claim.
How long will my claim take?
Each case is different, and the amount of time your claim will take all depends on you and your recovery; therefore it isn’t possible to provide a definite timescale.
It is important to wait until the full extent of your injuries has been made clear before making your final claim; otherwise, the amount of compensation you receive will not be comparative to the injuries you have suffered. Claims involving serious and complex injuries can sometimes take several years due to the complexity of issues and time required to assess the true value of the injuries.
The time frames are also dependant upon the Defendant admitting liability and not raising any other issues in respect of the claim. If liability is admitted promptly, and your injuries are not life-altering, it’s possible for your claim to be finalised within a few months. However, if the other party denies fault, the claim can take longer.
How long do I have to make my claim?
Generally, a person has 3 years from the date of their accident/injury to make a personal injury claim; or court proceedings must have begun within this time period.
There are some exceptions to this, which our Personal Injury team would be able to advise you on. For example, for a child, the time limit begins on their 18th birthday, and there is no limit for anyone who does not have mental capacity.
We would strongly advise contacting us as soon as possible after a pedestrian accident, allowing as much evidence to be persevered as possible, to help your case.
Can I claim for lost earnings?
Will I need to attend a medical appointment?
It is normal to have medical appointments, in order to gain a fair and reasonable insight into the extent of your injuries. By doing so, it can ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
I haven’t been to my GP or Hospital - Can I still claim?
Yes but given that you have not sought any medical attention your injuries may be seen as minor in nature.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when encountering roads. There are many things that drivers can do to ensure the safety of the public who are travelling on foot.
Facts and figures on pedestrian safety
The most vulnerable of pedestrians are those aged 60+ and young people.
More than 60 child pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every week in road-related incidents. It is common for children to misjudge the speed and intentions of car drivers; possibly because they do not understand the ways of driving.
Almost 50% of all pedestrians killed are aged 60 and over. Older people commonly have difficulty with seeing or hearing approaching traffic. The elderly are also more likely to have decreased mobility.
A benefit to pedestrian safety, which is not often applicable to other road users such as horse riders and cyclists, is that car drivers are sometimes pedestrians too. Everybody has experienced being a pedestrian and crossing roads. This means that drivers are more likely to sympathise with pedestrians and help them out.
How you, as a driver, may help:
Drivers are largely responsible for the safety of pedestrians. If you are a driver, please remember these points to help ensure that pedestrians are safe at all times:
- Slow down when you notice an upcoming zebra crossing even if you do not think anybody is there, as people can be difficult to see, especially children.
- If you do see somebody at a zebra crossing, always stop and let them cross.
- If you allow someone to cross the road, never wave them across the road because there may be other traffic that is not stopping. Allow the pedestrian to check for other traffic.
- Do not park on pavements.
- Be ready for the unexpected.
- Give pedestrians enough time to cross the road, especially elderly or disabled people.
- You must stop for School Crossing Patrols.
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