The impact of a pedestrian injury sustained in a road traffic accident can extend far beyond the accident itself. You or your loved ones can be left with serious physical and psychological damage because of negligent drivers. Unfortunately, thousands of people of all ages are seriously hurt or killed on UK roads every year.
It’s difficult to know what to do after such a traumatic event, especially if you’re left dealing with life-altering consequences. Many people like you have made pedestrian injury claims after accidents that caused:
Traumatic head and brain injuries
Spinal cord and neck injuries
Multiple orthopaedic injuries
Limbs to be lost or amputated
If you need help making a claim, whether it involved you or a loved one, our specialist pedestrian injury solicitors are here for you. Call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your case.
Most of the claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you don't need to worry about paying anything upfront, and that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim isn’t successful*.
Pedestrian Car Accident Claims
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car, you may be able to claim compensation. This may be true even if you feel you were partly to blame for the incident. Our specialist team offers a free initial consultation where we’ll discuss your case and whether we think you have a claim.
We know it can be overwhelming to try to find out where you stand, but we’ve got you covered. Thanks to our years of expertise in pedestrian injury claims, we know what it takes to support people who have been injured in road traffic accidents. We’ve helped people claim following incidents where:
The vehicle drives off the road onto the pavement and strikes a pedestrian
The vehicle fails to stop at a zebra crossing
The vehicle runs a red light and strikes a pedestrian at a pelican crossing
The vehicle drives into a house and into a residential or commercial garden or building
The driver uses the vehicle to inflict an intentional assault
Attempting to embark or disembark from a vehicle
A child walks out in front of a moving vehicle
The pedestrian attempts to cross the road in a safe place and is struck by a vehicle.
Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people to claim compensation after being hit by a vehicle. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 to see if you have a claim.
What If The Driver Failed To Stop?
It’s not always possible to get the driver’s details in the event of a serious road accident. This might be because they drove off or you needed immediate medical attention and were unable to get their details. Whether the driver can be identified or not should not influence how much compensation you can claim.
If they can be identified and they were at fault, their insurer or the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (if they’re uninsured) will ultimately be responsible for paying your compensation. If they can’t, we can help you make an application to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement without affecting the amount you’re entitled to because of your accident.
Can You Make A Pedestrian Accident Claim On Behalf Of A Child?
You can claim on behalf of your child if they are too young to claim themselves. Claims involving children usually take a few years to settle. This is because the full extent of their injuries may take time to appear as they grow.
If you’ve had to take time off work because of care needs for your child, or give up work completely, this will be taken into account in the compensation you receive.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Claims
The emotional distress of a fatal road traffic accident involving a loved one can be extremely difficult to handle. When the time is right, we’re here to guide you through the claims process from beginning to end.
It is possible for you to make a claim on behalf of your loved one, even if they didn’t have a will or were not working at the time of the accident. We’re here to answer any legal questions you might have in that regard.
Our lawyers can also help you prepare for and represent you through the inquest process. We’ll be there with you, every step of the way.
Pedestrian Accident Claims Time Limits
The typical time limit for starting a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the incident, but it’s best to start your claim sooner rather than later.
The sooner you start, the fresher the evidence and witness statements will be, which can only help your case. We can also start the process of getting you access to specialist rehabilitation and support services. In some cases, we may be able to get interim compensation payments to help you with any immediate costs. These might cover treatment or lost earnings because of the injury.
There are some exceptions to the usual time limit of three years, including:
Claiming for children: This can be done any time before their 21st birthday
Claiming for a person who lacks the mental capacity to claim for themselves: There is no time limit on these cases
Claiming for criminal injury: This must be done within two years
Making international claims: Time limits in other countries may be shorter.
What To Expect When You Make A Claim
When you make a pedestrian accident claim with us, we’ll put you at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to get you the compensation and support that you deserve.
Our legal team will start preparing your case, gathering evidence in support of your claim. This process will likely involve you attending a medical assessment, as well as getting police reports and witness statements. We also have our own team of road collision investigators who we can call on if necessary. These are former police officers who specialise in investigating the scene of your incident to better understand what happened.
Once we’ve gathered enough evidence, we’ll approach the driver’s insurer to ask them to accept liability. If the driver was uninsured or untraceable, we’ll approach the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
If they accept liability, then we can try to get you an interim compensation payment. This is a payment that’s made while your claim is going through, to pay for your day-to-day expenses and to replace lost earnings if you’ve been unable to work.
While the legal process is happening, you’ll get access to one of our Support & Rehabilitation Coordinators. They can help you with things like putting you in touch with a specialist therapist or recommending a local tradesperson if you need to make modifications to your home.
Sadly, we know that accidents involving pedestrians will often result in life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt, you should expect your claim to take a few years to settle. This is because it can take that long to understand how far you’ll be able to recover, and what your longer term needs will be. We wouldn’t want to settle your claim too early, and potentially not get you the level of compensation you need.
Our friendly team will always be on hand to help, and to answer any questions you have.
How Much Compensation Will You Get?
The levels of compensation awarded are completely dependent on your individual circumstances, so we’ll assess your needs and the likely costs associated to make sure you get what you deserve. This will include non-financial losses such as compensation for your pain and suffering.
Future losses and expenses will also be included, but the amount will depend on your specific needs, so it’s impossible to tell how much you might receive before we fully understand your case. Get in touch on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online to discuss your case in a free initial consultation and we’ll be more than happy to help.
No Win No Fee Claims
Most of the pedestrian accident claims we deal with are on a No Win No Fee basis. This means there’s nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if your case is unsuccessful*.
Your opponent will pay most of your legal costs and anything over and above those will come out of your compensation. You’ll be kept up to date by your solicitor on what you can expect in terms of your final compensation amount.
Why Choose Us?
We have access to some of the top barristers in the country and more lawyers accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers than any other firm. This means we’re ideally placed to help you with your pedestrian accident claim.
We’re highly rated by independent legal guides, the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Our pedestrian accident solicitors handle cases both in the UK and abroad. In fact, we’re often asked to take over cases from lawyers who lack the knowledge or experience to carry them through to the end.
Our lawyers have the experience and expertise to get you the justice you deserve, and have successfully taken cases to the highest courts in the country. We’re experts in claims involving road traffic collisions and have lawyers who specialise in only handling this type of case. Our legal team is supported by a range of contacts and in-house professionals, including Collision Investigators.
Compensation is only part of the story though – we pride ourselves on helping our clients to make the best recovery possible. Our Support & Rehabilitation Coordinators can help you get the benefits and grants you’re entitled to, while helping you to access specialist care and rehabilitation services.
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