Road Traffic Accident Claims

Pedestrian Accident Claims

Pedestrians, particularly children, are among the most vulnerable people on the UK's roads. Thousands of collisions every year result in serious, life-changing injuries.

As a pedestrian, you could face danger from a vehicle on the pavement, in the road or at a crossing. Accidents could be caused by negligent driving – whether that means driving too fast, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, ignoring traffic lights, or simply not paying attention. Our lawyers have experience in handling compensation claims for pedestrian accidents of all kinds.

Pedestrians are vulnerable to serious injury without the protection of a vehicle or any safety equipment in a collision. Children are at particular risk of pedestrian accidents, but people of all ages suffer injuries that are serious and life-changing. As evenings become darker in the autumn and winter, the risk of accidents increases and they can be more common.

Tragically, hundreds of pedestrians are killed in vehicle collisions every year, and our road traffic accident solicitors could also help you claim compensation following the death of a loved one.

We know that the physical and psychological impacts of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian can be incredibly traumatic. Injuries could include:

  • Broken limbs
  • Back or neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Head and brain injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, or if a loved one has died as a result of a pedestrian accident, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Pedestrian Accident Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you can expect to receive following a road traffic accident will depend on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you require as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on a variety of factors including:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering

      For more information, visit our page on guide compensation amounts or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      If your accident happened outside of the UK, time limits can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible in this case. Different rules apply for untraced drivers schemes in different countries and it is essential to take specialist legal advice as early as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are payments made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace loss of earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      If we are able to trace the driver of the vehicle involved in your accident, we'll work hard to get an early agreement from the MIB to accept your case and agree an interim payment, to relieve any immediate pressures you’re feeling.

Overall the process of working with Irwin Mitchell was very positive – it was very friendly, very comprehensive, from the first moment to the last.”

Liana, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens When You Make A Hit And Run Accident Claim?

Helping our clients access the rehabilitation they need after an accident is a key part of our service, something that has seen us become seven-time winners of Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors.

Your rehabilitation could involve medical treatments such as surgery or physiotherapy. We'll also help you access specialist mobility equipment so you can remain as independent as possible following a serious injury.

Learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support.


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Who Can Claim Compensation For A Pedestrian Accident?

If you or a loved one was hurt, or a loved one was fatally injured as a pedestrian in a road traffic accident, you may be able to claim. Normally you have three years from the date of the accident to make your claim – but there are different limits if the accident happened abroad, you lack mental capacity or you are under the age of 18.

Even if you were injured in a “hit and run” accident you could still be able to claim. Our road traffic investigations team will work to find out who is responsible, and may refer your claim to the Motor Insurance Bureau (a group set up to help people in this situation by paying compensation when the driver that caused an accident can't be traced). Find out more about hit and run claims.

In many cases we’ll be able to gain an early admission of guilt from those responsible for your injuries, which can lead to you receiving early compensation payments.

If you're unsure about whether or not you can make a claim, call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free consultation, and we'll discuss your options with you.

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What Happens When You Make A Pedestrian Accident Claim?

When you make a pedestrian accident claim with us, we’ll let you know exactly what we're doing at each stage – and what we need from you.

All you need to do to begin a compensation claim is contact us on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice. We'll discuss your accident, and whether we think you can claim. If we do think you have a case, your claim will typically follow these four stages:

Stage One: Information Gathering

To pursue a claim, we will have to investigate two things: your injuries, and the circumstances of the accident that led to them.

Your injuries will be assessed in a medical examination carried out by a specialist. They'll identify the full extent of your injury, and work out exactly what care needs you'll have both now and in the future and prepare a report that will form the basis of your compensation claim.

The investigation into your accident will establish who was responsible for your injuries. We are one of the only law firms in the UK that has a specialist road traffic accident investigation team, including former police accident investigators and an advanced driving instructor, and we'll leave no stone unturned in working out who was to blame. This could involve interviewing witnesses, reviewing CCTV footage, or getting hold of police reports into your accident.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

If your accident has left you in need of medical care and support, we’ll identify what care you need, both now and in the future.

Rehabilitation is one of the most important aspects of our service, and we'll work with you to understand what support you need from the beginning of the claim process. This could involve physiotherapy, surgery, mobility equipment, or modifications to your home.

Depending on the severity of your injury and the length of the claims process, it may be possible to secure early compensation payments to assist with your rehabilitation costs.

Learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support.

Stage Three: Compensation

We’ll work out how much compensation you’ll need for your injuries, losses, and for any medical care and support you require both now and in the future. The compensation amount will either be agreed with your opponent as a settlement, or determined through court proceedings.

The majority of cases settle out of court, so court proceedings are rare. However, if you do have to go to court, our team will be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

Your claim is concluded, and you’re awarded compensation if you’re successful. If your claim is funded using a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't need to pay anything if you lose the case, while the opponent will pay most of our fees if you win.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, including:

  • Brake – the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Brain and Spine Foundation
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

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