Pedestrian accidents can vary greatly in severity and circumstance, and pedestrian claims be for compensation may be sucessful if someone else was to blame. This article explains more about the types of pedestrian accidents that may occur, why compensation is important and how to make a claim.
How do pedestrian accidents happen?
Accidents can have many variables, and every one that occurs is unique, depending on the cause, location, and people involved. Pedestrian claims may occur due to:
- Dangerous driving from a car, lorry or van driver
- Proximity to a car crash, resulting in an injury
- An accident when crossing the road
- A collision with a bicycle or motorbike
Of course there are many other ways in which a pedestrian can become injured, but the above gives an idea of perhaps the most common causes.
How is eligibility to make pedestrian claims determined?
To be able to make a pedestrian claim following a pedestrian accident, it must have happened within the past three years, resulted in the need for medical attention and have been caused by another person
In some situations, such as when a minor is involved (a child aged birth – 18 years), some criteria will be waived. A minor can make a claim (or a parent will do so on their behalf) at any point up until their eighteenth birthday, after which they have a further three years to make a claim.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, you can use an online tool such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second calculator which will assess your potential claim and if you are eligible, provide you with an estimated compensation entitlement figure.
Why is compensation important?
Compensation is in place to protect you from accidents that are not your fault. Pedestrian accidents can result in particularly nasty injuries – sadly in some cases proving fatal. No matter what the severity of your injury – from minor concussion to a broken leg or even a brain injury – it is important to pursue your right to compensation.
You will be compensated for the physical and mental impact of your accident – it is not only your bodily injuries that will cause you pain but also the psychological impact of going through such a shocking experience. A case for compensation will also take into account the financial impact of your pedestrian accident – for example, loss of earnings, or expenses such as medication and treatment.
Compensation may also mean that preventative measures are taken to ensure others do not suffer in the same way you have. This may include the addition of a clear pedestrian crossing, or a reduction in the speed limit on a particular stretch of road.
How can a claim be made?
To make a claim, simply get in touch with us at Accident Advice Helpline and let our friendly and professional advisors guide you through the process. We work with over 190 legal partners – meaning we are always able to find a legal team expert in pedestrian accidents to provide you with the best possible chance of success. All of our cases are handled on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: 27th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry