By Danielle Nicholson. Last updated 3rd May 2023. If you’re looking to work with pedestrian accident solicitors to help with a personal injury claim, you’ve come to the right place.
On this page, you can find out about our service and how we can support you in taking legal action.
We also discuss the claims process, show you potential compensation payouts in pedestrian accident claims, and offer useful information on No Win No Fee Agreements.
If you’d like to make a claim now, you can get in touch with us in any of the following ways:
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- How Our Panel Of Pedestrian Accident Solicitors Can Help You
- When Could You Make A Pedestrian Accident Claim?
- Who Could Be At Fault In A Pedestrian Accident?
- Evidence That Could Be Used To Support Your Claim
- Compensation Payouts In Pedestrian Accident Claims
- Make A Claim With Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Pedestrian Accident Solicitors
- Learn More About Pedestrian Accident Claims
If you are looking to claim, our panel of pedestrian accident solicitors could be beneficial to you. Despite there not being a requirement to have a solicitor represent you when making a claim, they could offer services such as:
- Helping to build and present your case
- Assisting you when gathering evidence
- Valuing your road traffic accident compensation
- Keeping you up to date with the claims process
- Ensuring that you put forward a full and complete case
Finding the right solicitor can sometimes be challenging but our advisors can offer you a free consultation to assess your situation. If you have a valid claim, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.
Road users must uphold the duty of care they owe to one another as set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988. They must also follow guidance and rules, some of which are backed up by law, outlined in The Highway Code. Together they state that road users should conduct themselves in a manner which does not put themselves or any other road users at risk of injury.
In order to seek compensation, you must demonstrate that another road user breached the duty of care they owed you and caused you to sustain harm as a result. This is known as negligence.
Examples of how negligence could occur include:
- You are crossing as the green man shows at a traffic light. However, due to a car driver being on their phone, they fail to see the red light and hit you. Due to this, you suffer a back injury.
- A drunk driver swerves onto the pavement and hits you. Consequently, you endure a severe arm injury and leg injury.
- You are crossing at a clear junction when a car that is driving too fast suddenly approaches. Due to their reckless driving, they are unable to stop in time and hit you. As a result, you sustain a head injury.
Pedestrian Accident Claim Limitation Periods
As established by the Limitation Act 1980, personal injury claims must usually be started within 3 years of the date of the accident. This time limit may also begin from when you connect your injuries to negligence. However, there are some situations where this time limit does not apply. This could include:
- The injured party being under the age of 18 when the accident occurred
- The injured party lacks the mental capacity to claim
Pedestrian accident solicitors can ensure your claim is brought forward in the relevant time period.
For more information on when you could be eligible to claim and whether any of the exceptions to the time limit could apply to your specific circumstances, get in touch using the number above.
As part of their duty of care, road users are expected to adhere to the rules set out in the Highway Code. Rule 204 states that pedestrians are vulnerable road users. It goes on to state that those who can cause the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they pose to others.
Examples of how accidents involving pedestrians could occur include:
- Children and other pedestrians stepping into the road unexpectedly.
- A driver or rider failing to stop for pedestrians crossing the road at a designated crossing.
- Car drivers failing to check their mirrors when reversing out of their driveway.
In order to have a valid pedestrian accident claim, you must be able to prove that a driver breached the duty of care they owe to you and this caused your injuries. If you are completely at fault, you are not eligible to claim.
Call our advisors to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injuries. They can assess whether your claim is valid. If it is, you could be put in touch with one of the pedestrian accident solicitors from our panel.
What Factors Could Contribute To A Pedestrian Accident?
As we discussed above, the road users who can cause the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they pose to others. However, under Rule H1 in the Highway Code, all road users have the responsibility to have regard for their own and other road users’ safety.
Pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings to help avoid an accident. Injuries could occur when:
- Pavements aren’t in use. Pedestrians should keep close to the right-hand side of the road to see oncoming traffic.
- Inappropriate clothing is worn. In poor light, pedestrians should wear bright clothing. At night, pedestrians should wear reflective items.
- Crossing the road, particularly if a crossing point isn’t provided.
- Pedestrians are intoxicated.
Our advisors can assess whether you might have a valid pedestrian accident claim. If they think you do, you could be passed onto one of the pedestrian accident solicitors from our panel. Our panel of solicitors usually offer their services under a No Win No Fee arrangement.
One of the pedestrian accident solicitors from our panel may be able to help you gather evidence. There are several ways you could gather sufficient evidence, including:
- Seeking medical attention and keeping track of records produced
- Acquiring CCTV footage of the incident
- Keeping a diary to illustrate the impact your injuries have on you as well as their symptoms
- Gather witness contact information to allow statements to be taken at a later date
If your road traffic accident claim is successful, the compensation you will be awarded might be made up of two heads of claim. Firstly, general damages compensate for any physical or mental pain and suffering that is sustained due to your injuries.
For example, you may suffer from a severe back injury that leaves you unable to leave your home. If this also leads to you enduring stress, anxiety or depression, this could be included in your payout.
We have compiled a table of guideline compensation brackets that have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a document used by legal professionals to assist them when valuing general damages. However, these amounts are not guaranteed due to each personal injury claim being unique.
|Head||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Very serious disabilities leading to substantial dependence on others and the requirement for constant care.|
|Leg||Amputations (i)||£240,790 to £282,010||The loss of both legs above knee level or where one leg has been lost at a high level and the other below knee level.|
|Leg||Severe (b) (i)||£96,250 to £135,920||The most serious leg injuries falling short of amputation.|
|Chest||Serious||£100,670 to £150,110||The most severe of cases will involve the complete removal of one lung and/ or serious heart damage. There will also be serious and ongoing pain and suffering with permanent scarring.|
|Neck||Severe (i)||In the region of £148,330||When a person has worn a collar for an extended timeframe but still has little to no neck movement and endures severe headaches.|
|Foot||Amputation of One Foot||£83,960 to £109,650||The amputation of one foot resulting in the loss of the ankle joint.|
|Back||Severe (ii)||£74,160 to £88,430||An injury with special features such as nerve root damage resulting in issues, such as a loss of sensation or hindered mobility.|
|Hand||Serious||£55,820 to £84,570||Serious damage to both hands that causes cosmetic disability and significant loss of function of a permanent nature.|
|Toe||Amputation||£36,520 to £56,080||The amputation of all toes.|
|Shoulder||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||The dislocation of the shoulder as well as damage to the brachial plexus leading to pain in shoulder and neck.|
What Else Can You Include In A Claim?
Special damages could also be included in your compensation payout. This head of claim seeks to reimburse you for any financial losses that are incurred because of your injuries. For instance, you could be reimbursed for your loss of earnings if you are unable to work due to a severe arm injury. Other losses you could claim back include:
- Home adaptations
- Care costs
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
If you would like a more personalised look at how much compensation you could be entitled to, please get in touch with our advisors.
One of the pedestrian accident solicitors on our panel could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. They may ask you to enter a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This can provide several financial benefits. Firstly, you generally won’t have to pay for their services upfront or while your claim is ongoing. Also, payment typically is not required for the services they provide if your claim is lost.
However, if your claim is won, you will have to pay a capped-by-law success fee from the payout that you receive.
If you would like to find out whether you are entitled to claim via a No Win No Fee agreement, please get in touch with an advisor from our team.
Talk To An Expert
As previously stated, an advisor from our team can assess your eligibility to claim. If your case is valid, they could connect you with one of the pedestrian accident solicitors from our panel. To get in touch:
We have included some of our own guides that may be of use when making a pedestrian accident claim:
- Mud on the road car accidents
- How long after a road traffic accident can you claim compensation?
- The road traffic accident claims process
Additionally, we have provided you with further guides that might be of use to you:
- GOV – Compensation After An Accident Or Injury
- NHS – First Aid
- Motor Insurers’ Bureau – Help with road traffic accidents involving a driver who has no insurance or has not been identified.
Thank you for reading this guide on pedestrian accident solicitors. If you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with an advisor from our team.