Accidents Involving Pedestrians
A pedestrian accident can cause the most severe type of personal injury as pedestrians do not have the same protection as other highway users. Car drivers have a legal duty of care to drive carefully ensuring they look out for other road users. If you are a pedestrian that has been involved in a road accident then you may be entitled to compensation. Pedestrians can become involved in an accident with cars, buses, lorries, taxis or other vehicles. A pedestrian accident will often occur due to road users driving without due attention, disregarding traffic lights or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even if you stepped out in front of the car, while you may lose a certain amount of your compensation due to you own negligence, it is still worth enquiring about your right to damages particularly as pedestrians do not have insurance for such incidents.
At the scene of the pedestrian accident, you should try to get as many personal details from the driver as possible, including their name, address, a contact number, their registration and the name of their insurance company. Most cases are settled out of court, however, if there is a dispute over liability or the amount of compensation then the claim may progress to court.
Claims can be brought three years from the date of the accident and the amount of damages that can be awarded varies based on the severity of the injury and its impact on the claimant. For example, a higher amount of compensation is awarded for broken bones, head and spinal injuries and less for whiplash and minor bruising.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on injury and accidents then Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist personal injury solicitor free of charge. So if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local personal injury solicitors please call us at 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 20/02/2013