Businessman Resham Sing Dhesi was involved in a pedestrian collision when he hit a woman with his car in Church Street, York, on August 18th 2014. The woman, who was seriously injured and spent several days in hospital, is now claiming compensation for the pedestrian collision. The defence claimed she had broken her leg, whilst the prosecution claimed she was left with a broken pelvis.
The 49-year-old driver pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, hitting the woman and knocking her over. Adrian Lower, the district judge, fined Mr Dhesi £200, with a £20 statutory surcharge and an £85 charge for prosecution costs. He was also awarded four penalty points, in addition to the three he already has on his driving licence for speeding. 12 penalty points on a licence means a driver is banned from driving for six months – the court has the power to disqualify a driver, but not to imprison them for careless driving.
The judge told Mr Dhesi, “This seems to be a matter of you momentarily losing concentration. You need to take more care with your driving.”
Have you been involved in a pedestrian collision?
If you have been struck by a car, you may be wondering if you can claim compensation. Pedestrians struck by vehicles can be seriously injured – if the vehicle is moving at high speed, a collision could even be fatal. If the driver involved in the collision was driving carelessly, or distracted from the road (for example, by using their mobile phone), you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. It’s worth remembering that pedestrians also have some responsibility for their own safety, so if you have stepped out in front of a vehicle without paying attention, you may find you’re unable to make a claim.
Get in touch with the experts
When it comes to making a claim for compensation after a road traffic accident, turn to Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve been helping people make claims for collision compensation since 2000, and we’re recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, for our excellent standard of customer service. Because all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, you don’t even need to worry about how you’ll pay those upfront fees – our services are affordable to everyone. Why not get in touch with us today, as we can usually tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown