Road Accidents and Pedestrians
Current statistics suggest that rather than being prevented, the number of road traffic collisions involving pedestrians is actually on the rise. Every year, thousands of UK citizens are involved in road traffic collisions, and although many are lucky enough to escape with minor injuries, there are some who will suffer severe trauma and even death as a result of being hit by a car or other motor vehicle.
The reason for the level of trauma which a pedestrian is likely to suffer is because of the lack of protection. Whilst drivers will have their vehicle as a “forcefield” and cyclists or bikers will have crash helmets and protective clothing, the average person walking along a street has nothing to protect them. Therefore, the fragility of the human body means they are more likely to be injured.
If you have received injuries as the result of an accident in which you were a pedestrian, you have the right to make a compensation claim in Stoke Canon. For over 15 years, Accident Advice Helpline have been providing assistance to people just like you who have been injured in accidents which they did not cause. Our 30-second test could quickly and effectively tell you whether your compensation claim in Stoke Canon is valid.
Duty of Care
Every driver on the roads has a duty of care. This is a legal obligation in which they have to take every available care to ensure the safety of other motorists, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Therefore, if the duty of care has been breached or the motorist in question has been negligent as they caused the accident which led to your injuries, then you can make a compensation claim in Stoke Canon on them failing in their legal obligation.
Because the driver rather than the pedestrian has the duty of care, in many pedestrian accidents it is the driver who can be held liable (or in some cases, a joint liability may be applicable). This is because the law makes recommendations with regards to speed and proper driving etiquette, and vehicles are designed to allow for maximum vision for the driver. This means that should an accident happen, it is most likely to be the fault of the driver who was not adhering to the law or was careless, risky or negligent as they drove.
Compensation Claim in Stoke Canon
As has already been stated, pedestrians have a much higher likelihood of sustaining serious and severe injuries as a result of an accident than a driver. From broken bones to neck, spinal and head injuries, the prognosis and potential recovery time as you recover could be serious and lengthy.
UK law gives you the right to make a compensation claim in Stoke Canon for the injuries, trauma and psychological damage you may have suffered in an accident, and Accident Advice Helpline can help when you need it most. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 20th August 2013
Author: David Brown