ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
Pedestrian Accident Claims
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all road users. They lack even the basic physical protection of motorbike riders and cyclists who will at least almost always be wearing helmets and possibly other protective clothing.
On average, there were 9 pedestrians killed in accidents in the UK each week in 2017 and overall there were 457 pedestrian casualties each week. Their injuries ranged from the most minor of cuts and bruises through to serious head injuries and fatalities.
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Mooneerams and Pedestrian Accident Compensation Claims
If a pedestrian is knocked down and injured by a car, van, motorcycle, coach or bus, as a result of the driver or bike riders’ fault, then they can expect to recover compensation for the injuries they suffer, as a result, from the insurance company of the driver or rider that caused the accident.
As experts in road traffic accident compensation claims, we are regularly asked to advise on, or to pursue personal injury compensation claims, on behalf of pedestrians who have been injured by other road users, in road traffic accidents. Our company has over 16 years’ experience of dealing with injured pedestrian claims. Whilst ensuring the maximum financial compensation possible for our clients is our priority, we also seek to ensure our clients medical and other needs are taken care of, too.
Where the nature of our clients’ injuries means that the claim is going to take some time to bring to a conclusion, we will always seek to recover interim payments for our clients, to ensure that they do not suffer financial hardship as a result of the accident.
Many of our pedestrian accident clients will be unable to work for a period of time, due to the nature of their injuries, so interim payments on account of the final sum of compensation they will receive, are of significant importance to them.
If you have suffered injury in a pedestrian accident injury as a result of another road user’s negligence, call Mooneerams on 029 2048 3615 and speak to one of our experienced personal injury solicitors for FREE OF CHARGE initial advice about the next steps to take to make a claim for compensation.
What are the main causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Accidents to pedestrians can be caused in a whole number of ways but the following are some of the more common ones;
- Drivers going too fast
- Reckless driving (eg overtaking in a built-up area)
- Driver not paying attention – talking on a mobile phone whilst driving, eating whilst driving, trying to alter the in-car sound system or sat nav. They look away for an instant and an accident may result
- Driver going through red traffic light
- Failing to stop for a pedestrian on zebra or pelican crossings. Drivers and other road users must stop at a zebra crossing if the pedestrian has stepped out with even with one foot onto the crossing
- Aggressive driving e.g. road rage
- Road user under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Where a driver is performing a right-hand turn (there is more chance of a driver and crossing pedestrian looking in opposite directions, than when the driver is performing a left turn)
As a Pedestrian Can You Ever Be to Blame when you come into collision with another road user?
- If you are walking wholly on the designated pavement and another road user mounts the pavement and collides with you, then the accident in 99% of cases is the fault of the other road user. Even if the other vehicle does not hit you, but you see him and jump out of the way, thus injuring yourself, then you still have a strong case for claiming compensation
- If you correctly use a zebra or other crossing and are hit and injured by a vehicle whilst doing so, then your pedestrian compensation claim against the driver, will be highly likely to succeed in full
- If you decide to cross a road from in between two parked vehicles or you simply crossed a road without looking to see whether anything was coming, then providing the other road user was not speeding, then making a compensation claim as the pedestrian may be problematic, or at least mean that you are held partly responsible for the accident
By contacting Mooneerams, one of our experienced pedstrian accident solicitors will be able to advise you whether they think you have a reasonable chance of succeeding in a claim for compensation.
This initial advice will be totally free of charge. If you then decide to pursue a claim, we’ll be able to offer you a No Win, No Fee arrangement meaning that if your claim is unsuccessful, there will be nothing to pay.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
If a pedestrian comes into collision with a motor vehicle or motorbike, then the chances of the pedestrian getting seriously injured are high, even if the impact is at low speed. Pedestrians do not wear any kind of protection from road accidents. Therefore, the severest of injuries can arise from accidents where one party is a pedestrian. The following are some of the most common types of injuries that pedestrians make compensation claims for;
- Cuts and bruises
- Deep lacerations
- Broken arms
- Broken legs
- Chest injuries
- Serious neck injuries
- Amputation of a limb
- Brachial plexus injury
- Serious head and spinal injuries
- Fatal injuries
How much will I get for my claim?
This is one of the most frequent questions that we are asked when someone calls us to enquire about making a pedestrian accident injury compensation claim. However, no two claims are ever the same.
Instead, if you or a family member has been injured in a pedestrian accident and you are thinking of making a claim, why not call us on 029 2048 3615? After discussing the circumstances of your claim, we will be in a better position to give you a reasoned estimate of what you might expect to recover by way of compensation, should you decide to make a claim.
Remember – you will not be charged for our initial advice to you.
If after that, we believe that you have reasonable prospects of making a pedestrian accident compensation claim and you decide to ask us to act for you, we will be delighted to do so.
How long have I got to make a pedestrian accident compensation claim?
You have three years from the date of the accident causing your injury, within which to make a claim. If the claim is for a child under the age of 18, then the three-year time limit does not start until the child reaches 18. In all cases, though, it is advisable to seek out legal assistance as soon as possible after the accident, with a view to making a claim.
Call Mooneerams now on 029 2048 3615 if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident within the last 3 years. Alternatively fill in one of our quick claim forms or email us at [email protected] and we’ll get straight back to you. We will always offer you a No Win, No Fee service for any personal injury claim.
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