Thankfully, most of us go about our daily lives and never think twice about the possibility of being run over by a car. Unfortunately though, it is sadly true that both pedestrians and cyclists are sometimes hit by cars, sustaining potentially life-threatening injuries. When somebody is hit by a car that was driven by a driver who was acting negligently in some way there is the possibility of claiming personal injury compensation if it is still within three years of your accident occurring. If you got run over by a car, how to seek compensation may be easier than you think.
How accidents happen
Sometimes accidents simply happen through nobody’s fault in particular, and we simply have to go about the business of recovering and getting on with our lives. However, when an accident is as serious as being run over by a car it can take months or even years to fully recover physically, and that’s not to mention the psychological issues such a serious accident can cause.
Road accidents often happen when a driver is not paying full attention to the road or is distracted by something like a mobile phone or sat nav. In March 2017, the fine and endorsement points a driver can expect to receive for using a mobile phone when driving actually doubled, such is the seriousness of the offence. Many people have been injured by drivers using their mobile phones and it is one of the greatest distractions facing drivers today.
When drivers are distracted they may not see pedestrians crossing the road, and failing to spot cyclists is another common problem with drivers, especially those driving large vehicles like lorries. If you got run over by a car, how to seek compensation will not be your first priority, but you still have up to three years to do so.
How can pedestrians and cyclists protect themselves?
Although drivers have a responsibility to make sure they are driving their vehicles safely and giving the road their full attention, pedestrians and cyclists can also make sure they are behaving as safely as possible. Children should of course be taught how to cross the road safely as this is something that can keep people safe for the rest of their lives. Waiting for the green man to show at traffic lights and waiting for the traffic to stop completely before using a zebra or pelican crossing will also reduce the risk of being run over.
Likewise, there are lots of things cyclists can do to make sure they are using the road as safely as possible, such as positioning themselves safely on the road and obeying the Highway Code. Wearing reflective clothing and using bicycle lights will also make you more visible, and of course wearing a helmet will protect you from head injuries. Cyclists are also encouraged to take cycling safety courses to keep themselves safe. If all of these precautions fail and you still got run over by a car, how to seek compensation follows below.
Got run over by a car? How to seek compensation
There are only three main criteria you need to meet in order to begin the process of claiming compensation for being run over by a car. Firstly, the accident must have happened in the last three years. Secondly, you must have received some kind of medical treatment for your injuries as a record of this will form part of your claim. Thirdly, the accident must not have been your fault.
Sometimes it is hard to know whether an accident was your fault or not, and some people are even quite quick to blame themselves for an accident. However, if you were run over by a car, how to seek compensation does revolve around the issue of negligence and blame quite a lot. Luckily, you can contact a company such as Accident Advice Helpline who will be able to take all of the details surrounding your accident, and decide whether or not another party was to blame.
It’s never nice playing the blame game, but this is really a question of being fairly compensated for your injuries, including any pain and suffering you have experienced. After all, if a driver was acting negligently which resulted in you being run over, you have every right to make a claim.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help you
Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience in helping people claim personal injury compensation for a variety of road traffic accidents. Many pedestrians and cyclists have successfully made compensation claims after being hurt by a negligent driver, and best of all, you can ask us about whether or not you have a case without having any obligation to go ahead with a full claim. When you call us on our freephone number given below, you are free to discuss any potential claim with our helpful advisors, before deciding if you want to go ahead.
It is also good to know there are no upfront fees when you use Accident Advice Helpline as we do not want to put you under any financial burden in the way that some other companies do. Experience and expertise is vital when it comes to making a claim, that’s why so many people are happy to do so with us.
Call today for helpful advice
In 2015 there were 4940 seriously injured pedestrians and 3237 seriously injured cyclists in UK. When some of these people got run over by a car, how to seek compensation was obviously something they only thought about after they had recovered from their injuries. It is also true that many of these people could have claimed compensation but didn’t.
If you were run over by a car, simply call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to discuss your case. We have all of the experience you need to make a claim, and we will do everything we can to make sure you get the best result possible.
Date Published: 5th August 2013
Author: David Brown