Claiming compensation for having your foot run over by a car
When you consider than in 2010, the average weight of a new car was 4,009 pounds, it’s easy to see why you could suffer serious injuries if you have your foot run over by a car. You could be injured whilst crossing the road as a pedestrian, or whilst on a bike or motorbike. Foot injuries can be debilitating and in serious cases even life changing, and you may need to take time off work if you have suffered a severe foot injury. Claiming compensation after this type of accident doesn’t need to be complex, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim, provided it has been three years or less since your accident happened and somebody else is to blame.
Avoiding accidents as a cyclist or motorcyclist
If you are a cyclist or motorcyclist then there are certain things you can to do reduce your risk of accidents and having your foot run over by a car. The majority of cycle accidents are caused by driver error – for example not keeping an eye out for cyclists when turning. In 2014 there were 3,401 cyclists seriously injured on the UK’s roads and 17,773 cyclists slightly injured, according to figures from RoSPA. So what can you do to ensure you stay safe on your bike? Here are a few tips:
- Make sure your bike has appropriate lights, essential if you will be cycling at night
- Wear high visibility vests, bright clothing or clothing with reflective strips to ensure you are visible
- Don’t squeeze your bike into tight spaces to overtake other vehicles – give them plenty of room
- Be aware of your surroundings, particularly if you are turning onto or off a main road
- Ensure your bike is well maintained and safe to ride
If you are injured in a bike accident where your foot is run over by a car, you could also sustain other injuries. A foot injury has the potential to be serious, with fractures to the bones in the foot limiting your mobility, and you may need surgery and/or time off work after your accident.
Avoiding accidents as a pedestrian
Did you know that in 2015, 4,940 pedestrians were seriously injured on the UK’s roads, with 18,724 pedestrians slightly injured? Whilst these figures show declining injury rates compared to previous years, there is still more that could be done to keep pedestrians safe. There are some things you can do to reduce your risk of being injured as a pedestrian. The number one thing to do is to ensure that you are visible to other road users at all times – so don’t dash across the road from between parked cars. Take your time crossing busy roads and be cautious at all times – use a pedestrian crossing wherever possible. Of course it may be that you have been exceptionally careful and that you have still been injured in an accident caused by a dangerous driver. If this has happened to you then you could find yourself in line to claim personal injury compensation within three years of your accident.
How did your accident happen?
It’s important to assess how your accident happened in order to determine who is to blame. If you have had your foot run over by a car then the police will normally be involved and will determine who is responsible for your accident.
The leading cause of road traffic accidents is driver error or reaction, which is responsible for an estimated 68% of all accidents on the UK’s roads. Other factors which could cause an accident include distraction (for example using your mobile phone at the wheel), failing to look properly or driving carelessly or in a hurry. A study carried out by the National Safety Council in 2014 revealed that 26% of all car accidents were caused by the driver using a mobile phone (although perhaps surprisingly, only 5% of accidents were caused by texting). Poor weather conditions could also lead to accidents – if another driver fails to slow down and drive cautiously in icy or wet weather, they will take longer to brake if a pedestrian steps out into the road or if a cyclist pulls out in front of them, which could cause an accident.
Foot injuries – how serious are they?
Having your foot run over by a car can lead to some serious, debilitating injuries. You could suffer from a fracture of the metatarsals, a fracture of the calcaneus (heel bone) or compartment syndrome of the foot, where swelling and bleeding of muscle tissue causes pressure to squeeze muscles and nerves, meaning they don’t function properly. In the case of metatarsal fractures, surgery is normally required for the best success rate, and you’ll need to keep weight off your foot for six weeks after your operation. Heel bone fractures can be incredibly debilitating and take up to six months for full recovery – you can expect to be off your feet for around three months, with surgery and physiotherapy needed. If a heel fracture is not treated promptly then there’s the possibility of deformity and arthritis, as well as chronic pain.
Making a claim after having your foot run over by a car
As you can see having your foot run over by a car can lead to serious injuries that could leave you unable to walk for some time. This almost inevitably means taking time off work for surgery and recovery, which will affect your income. Loss of earnings after an accident caused by somebody else can seriously impact your family’s finances, and if you are struggling to pay your household bills and expenses after your accident, you could make a No Win No Fee claim for personal injury with Accident Advice Helpline.
To find out how much compensation you could get for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings, you can take the 30-second test™ on our website today. Then call our freephone helpline on 0800 083 5045 to find out if you are able to make a claim – if you have any questions at all then our experienced personal injury advisors are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
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