Do you check both ways for traffic before stepping out onto a pedestrian crossing? Or do you just assume that vehicles will stop at the red light? Accidents on pedestrian crossings can and do happen, from slips, trips and falls to more serious accidents where pedestrians are struck by cars as they are crossing the road. If you have suffered injuries and somebody else is to blame, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ industry experience helping people claim compensation and we’ve been endorsed by our patron, consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen.
Serious pedestrian crossing injuries
It may be that you’ve been lucky enough to escape with minor injuries, but injuries you could sustain on a pedestrian crossing have the potential to be very serious and could include:
- Head injuries, for example if you are hit by a car or trip and hit your head on the pavement or kerb
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones from a slip, trip or car accident
- Cuts and bruises
- Strains and sprains, such as a sprained ankle or wrist, if you brace yourself as you fall
- Crush injuries such as fractured ribs or a collapsed lung, if you are hit by a car or other vehicle
If you’ve been seriously injured after a pedestrian crossing accident, you may need to take time off work to recover from your injuries. But who’s to blame? If you were hit by a driver who failed to stop at the crossing, they could be held liable, whilst if you have been injured after tripping on a damaged kerb or road, the local authority could be held responsible, as it’s their job to keep roads and pavements safe.
Personal injury lawyers you can trust
Whether you’ve decided to go ahead and make a claim or are still weighing up the pros and cons, you’ll need a personal injury lawyer you can trust. You can get confidential, no-obligation advice from Accident Advice Helpline’s expert advisors – just call us on 0800 689 0500; it’s free to call and our advice line is open 24/7. We can process most claims over the phone, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to go to court, and because our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, there are no expensive legal fees to worry about upfront, making claiming affordable for everyone. So if you’ve suffered minor injuries or life-changing injuries after an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us to find out more.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton