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Can Pedestrians make a claim for compensation?

Are pedestrians prone to road accident?

It is obvious to point out the cons of owning a car on how it crashes into another car, pedestrian etc. however there are many pros of owning a car, it has every safety feature from seatbelts, keys to prevent thieves from taking it and insurance to cover whether its damaged or stolen and the freedom on wherever you like to go. However, it is a different story if you are a pedestrian, there is a greater chance that you might get hit by a car than a car owner.

In some cases, you can be at fault for not looking left and right before you walk however at the same time you are not at fault if are looking left and right but yet you got ran over by a car even if they are driving at a low speed accidently or purposefully (in rare cases.)

You can make a claim for your compensation if you have been involved in such incidences that resulted you to get injured

How common are accidents involving pedestrians?

The stats have shown 26% pedestrians in Great Britain has lost their lives caused by a Road Traffic Accident

The number of pedestrian related incidences decrease by 3% from 470 down to 456 between 2017 and 2018 lasting 12 months.

Moreover, 22,432 pedestrians were involved road accident that caused them to get injured.

Pedestrians were announced as Vulnerable Road Users at the Department of Transport because of the inequality between the number of injuries and fatalities and the frequency of how many miles travelling.

The responsibility of a driver

You have a right to make claim for compensation against a driver who drove irresponsibly that allowed you getting injured. Here are the government guidelines for drivers known as the Highway Code must follow:

The Road Traffic Act 1988

The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986

Highway Code means that the drivers have to make sure they follow requirements when it comes to setting out lighting and construction regulations (Rule 89), the driver has to be fit to drive unless they are suffering from any condition that is going to have an affect their driving to DVLA in which they must report (Rule 90), they should be able to read a number plate at 20 metres from a distance in broad daylight (Rule 92) and cannot be under influence of alcohol or drugs. If the driver has failed to follow any of the rules, or was being just careless on the road then you have got the right to peruse a claim.

Poor road conditions lead to Accidents

you can claim for compensation against the Local Authority if you have suffered an injury due to an accident which has poor road conditions as it was their duty to keep the roads safe which covers treating snow and ice, obstructions removal and repairing damages under the Highways Act of 1980

In order to have a successful claim, you need to prove that they were aware of the issue and that they had time to resolve it but did nothing about it even though they deny this and claim that they have tried resolving it.

By posting factual details online might need to request a Freedom of Information to collect more knowledge on much inspection has been done on the road and also if any reports have been made of the fault.

The pothole has no strictly lawful definition thus a lawyer can help you build a stronger case and find out the chances of success.

 You can request CCTV footage of your accident to build a strong case

Can a Parent/Guardian of a child claim compensation for their injury?

Kids including new born babies is one of the four types of venerable pedestrians alongside the Senior citizens, Pregnant Women or people who suffer from mental and physical conditions, diseases.

Making a compensation claim for a child has to follow the same procedure that an adult makes a claim.

Under the  Mental Capacity Act 2005, Parents and Guardians can claim on behalf of their child under the age of 18 however unlike other claims there is no limitation period of time 

The large amount of personal injury claims has been made within 3 years of accidents whilst they were occurring

A claim on behalf of the minor can be made any time before they are the age of 18 or once the child turns 18 they can claim with a limit of 3 years

TRIVIA:  24% of pedestrian casualties are kids ages between 0- 17 whom are prone to danger on the road.

How to make a pedestrian accident claim a success?

You need to follow two steps in order to make your claim for compensation a success. The first step is to exhibit that you got injured in the accident to get a point of view from a medical expert so they can add how the injury happened and how serious the injury was in their records. The second and final step is to display how dangerously the driver was driving the vehicle causing harm which in most cases the driver will never admit to any wrongdoing.

How to contact a personal injury lawyer?

Making a claim for personal injury can be daunting especially if you are trying to get better and adjust to life with injuries. You must contact a personal injury lawyer who will help you put in a well-built claim

You can give a legal advisor a call on 0203 813 9654 if you are a pedestrian who suffered an injury on the road and they will advise you if they think it is right to go ahead with the claim or not which is a free of charge without obligation.

They will pass your claim to a no win no fee solicitor meaning you do not have to pay a free for the services of your lawyer if the legal advisor agrees to take on the claim

What do I do after the accident?

An ambulance will provide any treatment needed immediately whilst the police will note down all of the details of the accident. The written records of medics and the police can then later be used to help build your case.

There are three steps to take after the accident that will help you make a claim. Step one is to call emergency services. The police will take notes of the accident which will later get utilized to help you form your case whilst the ambulance will straight away give you any treatment that you need and the medics will add it on their records. Step two is to gather statements from eyewitnesses and everyone involved and writing down the correct number plate. Step Three retain any receipts of expenses as it will show all the earnings you have lost during your time off work.

You should not suffer the consequences when the driver is held at fault for the injury they have caused while you were turning left and right before crossing the road carefully

Getting back to normal can slowly take a long time but getting compensation that you are owed is the start heading towards the right track.

Call us 0203 813 9654 today and see how we can help you.
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