Pedestrian accidents are some of the most common types of accidents in the UK, with the young and elderly being particularly vulnerable. Statistics have shown that an increasing number of injury claims resulting from pedestrians being hit by cars are filed every year. While most injuries sustained from these types of accidents are comparatively minor, many result in catastrophic injury, or even fatalities. If you have been injured or somebody you love has been seriously injured or killed in an accident as a pedestrian then making a claim for compensation may not be foremost on your mind.
However, pedestrian accident claims are becoming increasingly common, and you could find you are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and any financial losses that you have experienced as a result of your accident. Want to find out more about making a claim? Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
How do pedestrian accidents happen?
How does a pedestrian accident occur? Although some accidents are caused by pedestrian action such as failing to observe traffic lights, the majority are caused by driver negligence. The most common types of claims include cases where a driver was speeding, under the influence or distracted. Using a mobile phone at the wheel (even to text or look briefly at an app or map) is responsible for an increasing number of accidents, and if you have been hit by a negligent driver, you could sustain serious injuries. Even if the vehicle in question is travelling at 20 or 30mph, you could suffer broken bones, a back injury or a head injury if you are knocked over.
Accidents outside schools are unfortunately very common, often caused by children (and adults) trying to cross the road from in between parked vehicles. You could even be injured by a cyclist, believe it or not. Most bikes travel at a speed fast enough to cause minor or even serious injuries if they collide with a pedestrian, particularly a child or an elderly person.
Treating pedestrian accident injuries
If you are unsure of what to do if you’ve been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, the best thing to do first would be to see a medical professional specialising in treating pedestrian accident injuries. Your medical report is a strong piece of evidence our solicitors will use to support your claim. The symptoms of pedestrian road traffic accident injuries vary widely depending on the severity of the accident, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to limb loss, paralysis or even death. Some of the long- term effects of being involved in a road accident as a pedestrian include disability, brain damage, depression and the high cost of long-term rehabilitation. Here are a few of the most common injuries that Accident Advice Helpline has handled pedestrian accident claims for since 2000:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries including concussion and brain injury
- Spinal and back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Lacerations and bruises
- Road rash
- Facial injuries
- Loss of limbs
The amount of compensation you could get for these types of injuries varies depending on other factors, such as what medical treatment you received and how your injury has impacted your life. You may need treatment in hospital such as surgery, and there may be a period of rehabilitation for more serious injuries where you may need physiotherapy or other treatment. In some cases, the treatment you’ll need will be minimal, but it’s likely you’ll still need some time off work to recover after your accident.
How did your injury impact your life?
This is an important question when it comes to pedestrian accident claims – in fact when it comes to any type of personal injury claim. That’s because the impact your accident and injuries have had on your life can directly affect the amount of compensation you’re entitled to claim. For example, if you have been left unable to work after losing a limb in a serious pedestrian accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation for loss of future earnings, as well as medical costs and care both now and in the future. If you have suffered a minor injury such as whiplash or a broken ankle after being knocked over by a car, you could be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings and expenses, such as the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments or paying for prescription painkillers. Generally speaking, the more serious your injuries, the more compensation you’re likely to receive
Your claim is in safe hands
Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury team has over 16 years’ experience advising on all types of personal injury claims. This experience and expertise puts us in an excellent position to offer you the best legal advice and representation anywhere in the UK. We understand that every case is different and that is why we take a personalised approach to every claim and tailor our services to suit each client’s specific needs. Our specialist solicitors are committed to achieving the best possible outcome on your claim and they will fight tirelessly to not only win the case. but to also make sure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Start your claim with Accident Advice Helpline
Thanks to Accident Advice Helpline‘s 100% no-win, no-fee policy, victims no longer have to worry about the cost of making a pedestrian accident claim. As long as there’s evidence that a third party was at least partially responsible for your accident, our personal injury team will take on your claim without asking for an upfront legal fee. This means pedestrian accident claims can be made by anybody who has been unlucky enough to be injured, regardless of their financial situation after their accident. If you would like to learn more about claiming for a pedestrian accident, call us today for a free chat with our friendly advisors. They are waiting to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice on your initial consultation.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. You could even take the 30-second test on our website, which will give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to receive if your claim is successful.
Date Published: 14th January 2013
Author: David Brown