Every year thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed in road traffic accidents in the UK.

While all road users are vulnerable, pedestrians are particularly at risk of suffering catastrophic, or even fatal, injuries in road traffic collisions because they do not have the same physical protection as the vehicle users with whom they share the streets.

Thompsons Solicitors’ road traffic accident lawyers have lots of experience of helping injured pedestrians to secure personal injury compensation after being hurt in accidents involving cars, bikes, motorbikes or other road users.

Injuries resulting from accidents involving pedestrians range from the minor – such as trips and falls, bruises, broken bones and cuts – through to in some instances life-threatening or life-changing major injuries and fatalities. Thompsons Solicitors supports thousands of injured road users each year and is ready to help you to make a ‘no win, no fee’ claim for pedestrian accident compensation.

We use our decades of experience in this area of law to help people secure financial compensation after being involved in accidents or incidents which result in injury on UK streets and roads. If you’ve suffered a pedestrian injury that’s left you in pain, or financially out of pocket due to lost earnings, contact our empathetic personal injury lawyers for advice today.

Thompsons Solicitors is uniquely dedicated to representing only the injured – we have never worked for insurance companies and we never will.

If, in the last three years, you or a family member have been injured as a pedestrian in a road traffic accident then get in touch with our legal experts for advice on whether you can start a pedestrian accident claim. Call 0800 0224 224 today or fill in our online Start a Claim form.


1. What is a pedestrian accident?

A pedestrian accident refers to a road traffic collision involving a person on foot and a vehicle.

2. What is a pedestrian accident compensation claim?

In order to be successful, a pedestrian accident compensation claim must prove the pedestrian’s injury was caused by someone else’s fault. Over the years, Thompsons Solicitors’ road accident lawyers have successfully secured compensation for thousands of people who have been hurt in a road traffic accident while on foot – and we can help you too, today. Call 0800 0 224 224 to speak to our experts about starting a personal injury compensation claim or completed our online Start a Claim form.

3. What causes a pedestrian accident?

Causes of road traffic accidents involving pedestrians vary, but are often linked to distracted or reckless driving. Examples of the many people Thompsons Solicitors has secured compensation for include a man who was knocked over while walking his dog on the pavement by an uninsured driver, and a woman who suffered broken bones when she was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing. Click to read more of their stories.

If you were injured as a pedestrian in a road accident, then contact our road traffic accident lawyers for free advice on whether you are be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim for pedestrian injury.

4. When do most pedestrian accidents happen?

Road traffic accidents involving pedestrians can happen at any time, but are more common at night and during the winter, when the weather tends to be worse and the night’s longer, creating treacherous driving conditions. Fridays have also been found to be particularly dangerous days for road users in general.

5. Who is at fault in a pedestrian accident?

There are accidents, say if a child runs out in front of a car without warning, or when someone steps out to cross the road while using their mobile phone, when working our who to blame is not straightforward. But, it is very unusual in legal terms for a car driver not to be at fault. Thompsons Solicitors’ road traffic collision lawyers have secured significant damages on behalf of hundreds of injured pedestrians and, in cases where who was at fault is not immediately clear, we will help you determine whether you have a case for compensation. We will always be honest about the likely outcome of your case.

6. Is starting a pedestrian accident compensation claim expensive?

Not at all. If you are a trade union member, you are entitled to free advice and legal representation from Thompsons Solicitors as part of your union membership. You’ll also keep 100 per cent of the compensation we secure for you. Your family can also be able to access free support from Thompsons Solicitors in road traffic accident claims – visit your union legal services hub for more information or visit our trade union hub.

If you are not a union member, there are still ways to fund a pedestrian accident claim with no financial risk to you. We’re more than happy to talk you through these options including one of the most common payment options - a conditional fee agreement, often known as ‘no win, no fee’. It is important to us that your financial situation does not dictate your capacity to seek redress for injuries sustained in an accident and we will always do our best to help you.

7. Where do most pedestrian accidents occur?

Pedestrian accidents can happen almost anywhere but research, and our own 90 plus years’ personal injury experience, suggests the majority of pedestrians injured in road traffic accidents tend to get hurt while walking in urban, heavily populated areas.

8. What evidence is needed to ensure my pedestrian accident compensation claim is successful?

The more information you are able to provide, the better. It’s helpful, but not essential, if you have evidence to support your road traffic accident claim such as: photographs of the accident scene and location, and the names and contact details of any witnesses. Receipts for outgoings you have had following the incident will be helpful to calculate the value of your claim.

If the driver of the vehicle that injured you left the scene without giving their details or was uninsured, you may still be able to make an accident compensation claim. Contact our road traffic accident specialists as soon as possible for advice.

9. I was injured in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian over a year ago – can I still make a personal injury compensation claim?

Yes. UK law states that you have up to three years from the date of a personal injury occurring to start a compensation claim. That means, for example, if you were involved in a road collision on 22 October 2014, you have until 21 October 2017 to begin a road traffic accident compensation claim. Our recommendation is to always make a claim as soon as possible, while the details are still fresh in your mind. The earlier you claim, the more time your lawyer has to properly prepare your case.

10. How can I avoid a pedestrian accident?

There are ways pedestrians can help minimise the risk of being injured in a road traffic accident, including by: following the Green Cross Code; wearing light-coloured or reflective clothing (particularly at night or in winter when visibility can be poor); avoiding mobile phone use when on or near busy roads, to maintain focus; not wearing headphones to help ensure you can hear danger approaching, and; keeping a tight hold on pets and children.