Accidents involving pedestrians are commonplace, accounting for more than 30,000 casualties on the roads. Motorists carry a heavy burden as far as pedestrians are concerned.
They owe a duty of care to all pedestrians, which means that they must drive safely at all times.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians tend to occur when drivers break speed limits and/or fail to notice pedestrians in a timely manner. In some cases, the blame for pedestrian accidents lies partly with the motorist and partly with the pedestrian. In such accidents, pedestrians can still claim compensation for their personal injuries.
However, their final award of compensation may be reduced to reflect their involvement in the accident. Pedestrians who feel they may have been at fault for their accident should seek immediate advice from an accident lawyer: these claims are far from straightforward and expert legal representation is always a necessity.
In many cases, pedestrians are the victims of hit and run accidents, in which negligent drivers fail to stop at the scene of the accident. Pedestrians injured in hit and runs can still claim compensation. However, rather than make their claim through the careless motorist’s vehicle insurance company, they must apply for compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which deals with claims against uninsured and untraced drivers.
Collecting evidence to substantiate a compensation claim
To strengthen their case for compensation, pedestrians should take down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to their accident. They should also take photographs of the accident scene and report the accident to the police.
If they intend to claim for financial losses such as medical treatment charges and nursing care costs, they must keep their receipts as evidence of their expenditures.
Looking for an accident lawyer in Puttenham?
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, the legal team here at Accident Advice Helpline can help you to pursue compensation for your personal injuries and financial losses.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Puttenham working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Puttenham or anyway make us your first point of call.
Through our 24/7 freephone helpline, we offer no-obligation claims assessments and extensive guidance on the claims process.
If we believe you have a strong case for compensation, we will instruct an accident lawyer to act for you on a 100% no win, no fee basis.