Pedestrians and Accidents
While road accidents can cause serious injury, pedestrians are at a considerably higher risk due to their lack of protection and often visibility. Road users have a duty of care of care towards pedestrians and should take care to avoid pedestrian accidents by driving reasonably. If you are unfortunate-enough to be involved in a pedestrian accident, and have suffered an injury as a result, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries varying from minor bumps and bruising to more severe spinal or head injuries. If you are injured and you are able to do so, obtain as many details as possible about the vehicle and person that caused the accident. You should take names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident and take photographs. You should also contact the police immediately and report the incident.
If you are hit by a stolen vehicle or an uninsured driver, your pedestrian compensation claim can be made through the Motor Insurance Bureau. You might feel that you have been at fault in a pedestrian accident for stepping out into the path of a car, and if this is the case any damages that you may be awarded could be reduced under the principle of contributory negligence. However, road traffic accidents are not always as straightforward as they seem and it would be useful to seek expert advice from a specialist solicitor. It is vital that legal advice is taken soon after, as pedestrian accidents should be claimed within three years of the incident.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on pedestrian accidents and Personal Injury then Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist personal injury solicitor free of charge. So if you have any questions or would like our help in finding pedestrian accident solicitors please call us at 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 22/05/2013