PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CLAIMS
Pedestrian accident claims are very common, with thousands of pedestrians being seriously injured or killed in road accidents across the UK every year.
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.
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.
WHY SHOULD I TRUST THOMPSONS SOLICITORS WITH MY PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Thompsons Solicitors’ road traffic accident lawyers have lots of experience in helping injured pedestrians to secure compensation after being hurt in accidents involving cars, bikes, motorbikes and other vehicles.
Whether you want to make a hit and run claim or are looking for advice on how to get compensation for your injury, our team of road traffic accident solicitors can support you.
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 involved in a pedestrian accident that’s left you in pain, or financially out of pocket due to lost earnings, you can contact our empathetic lawyers for advice on whether you can start a pedestrian accident claim.
Call Thompsons Solicitors today on 0800 0 224 224 or fill in our online claim form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT CLAIMS
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 claim?
In order to be successful, a pedestrian accident compensation claim must prove the pedestrian’s injury was caused by someone else’s fault.
To help your case, you should take names, addresses and telephone numbers or any witnesses to the accident immediately and report the incident. If you are intending to claim expenses such as prescription costs and travelling expenses, remember to keep the receipts as evidence.
Over the years, Thompsons Solicitors’ road accident lawyers have successfully secured compensation for thousands of pedestrian accident claims – and we can help you too.
Call 0800 0 224 224 to speak to our experts about starting a pedestrian accident claim, or complete our online 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 following a pedestrian accident include a man who was knocked over by an uninsured driver while walking his dog on the pavement and a woman who suffered broken bones when she was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing. Click here to read more of our clients’ stories.
If you were injured as a pedestrian in a road traffic accident, then contact our lawyers for free advice on whether you are eligible to make a pedestrian accident claim for your 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 nights are longer. 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 out 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. In cases where who was at fault is not immediately clear, we will help you determine whether you have a case. We will always be honest about the likely outcome of your case.
6. Is starting a pedestrian accident compensation claim expensive?
There are ways to fund a pedestrian accident claim with no financial risk to you.
It is important to us that your financial situation does not dictate your capacity to seek redress for injuries sustained in an accident. 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’. You can learn more about these options on our fees and payment page.
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 will keep 100 per cent of the compensation we secure for you, and your family will also have access to free support from Thompsons Solicitors in road traffic accident claims too. Visit your union legal services hub for more information or visit our trade union hub.
7. What evidence is needed to ensure my pedestrian accident claim is successful?
The more information you are able to provide when making a pedestrian accident or a pedestrian hit and run claim, 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 pedestrian accident 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 a claim.
Contact our road traffic accident solicitors as soon as possible for advice.
8. I was injured in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian over a year ago – can I still make a pedestrian accident 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.
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.
9. How can I avoid a pedestrian accident?
There are ways pedestrians can help minimize the risk of being injured in a road traffic accident 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;
- Maintain focus – not wearing headphones to help ensure you can hear danger approaching;
- Keeping a tight hold on pets and children.