There are thousands of accidents every year involving pedestrians. Pedestrians and particularly children are the most vulnerable people using the UK’s roads and highways. Pedestrian collisions can result in serious and often life-changing injuries. The danger comes from vehicles on pavements, on the roads, and at crossings and are usually the result of negligent driving. A negligent driver can be someone who is driving too fast, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, ignoring traffic lights or other road signs, or simply those drivers distracted or not paying attention to the road.
Children are most at risk of pedestrian accidents and when the days are shorter in the autumn and winter the number and severity of accidents increases. Being involved in a pedestrian accident can cause serious and life-changing injuries and often death.
We are experts in this type of claim and our team of specialist personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in representing clients in pedestrian accidents of all kinds every year. Our experienced team can offer support throughout this traumatic time and help to secure the compensation you deserve following the death of a loved one.
We are on hand waiting for your call if you or a loved one has suffered a pedestrian accident and sustained injuries as a result. Contact us today on 0800 195 95 90 for a free initial consultation about your case.
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FAQ About Pedestrian Accident Claims
HOW MUCH CAN I CLAIM?
There are a number of factors that can affect the amount of compensation you can claim including the accident circumstances, the severity of your injuries and the ongoing support and rehabilitation you require.
The amount of compensation you could claim is based on a variety of factors including:
- Current and future loss of earnings
- Any medical and travel expenses you have incurred
- Your care and support needs, now and in the future
- Modifications to your home
- Mobility aids
- Your pain and suffering
There is more information on our guide to compensation amounts page or you can call us on 0800 195 95 90. Our consultations are completely free and confidential.
CAN I MAKE A NO WIN NO FEE CLAIM?
During your initial consultation with us, we will discuss our No Win No Fee agreement. We will advise you on the various ways of funding your case and tell you which one we think is most suitable for your particular circumstances.
The majority of our cases are funded on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This agreement is also known as a conditional fee agreement, this means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim and you will only be liable for our legal costs should you be successful in your claim.¹³
Our experts are ready to assist you. For more detailed information regarding funding and legal fees, you can speak to a member of our team on 0800 195 9590.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO MAKE A CLAIM?
You have 3 years from the date of an accident in which to start a claim for compensation, or 3 years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.
The time limits can be shorter if your accident happened outside of the UK. In this instance, it is important to contact us as soon as possible so we can advise you about the different rules. Rules vary for untraced drivers schemes in different countries and it is vital you take specialist legal advice as soon as you possibly can.
Call Smith Jones Solicitors today on freephone 0800 195 95 90 for a free initial consultation. Our friendly team of professionals are on hand if you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation.
CAN I GET EARLY COMPENSATION PAYMENTS?
It is sometimes possible for claimants to access early compensation payments. These are also known as interim payments and are made in advance of any final settlement. These payments can only be made if your opponent admits that they are responsible for your injuries. Whilst we will endeavour to obtain interim payments wherever possible to ease any unnecessary burden you may face at an already distressing time, these payments are not guaranteed.
Interim payments are designed to be used for immediate recovery items such as specialist medical care or mobility equipment or to replace loss of earnings. This gives you peace of mind that you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you have been absent from work.
REHABILITATION FOLLOWING A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
Helping our clients access the rehabilitation they need after an accident is a key part of our service.
Your rehabilitation could involve medical treatments such as surgery or physiotherapy. We will also help you access specialist mobility equipment so you can remain as independent as possible following a serious injury.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE A CLAIM?
All claims involve various stages and we will always keep you fully informed along the way. When you start a pedestrian accident claim with us, we will let you know exactly what we are doing at every stage.
Call us to get your claim underway or for more information about making a pedestrian accident claim. We will discuss your accident and advise whether we think you can claim. If we do think you have a case, your claim will typically follow these four stages:
Stage One: Information Gathering
To start a claim, we will investigate two things: the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries.
Your legal representative will initiate your claim following the process for the appropriate track. For claims which are likely to be valued between £1,000 and £25,000 this will be the Ministry of Justice Claims Portal.
We will then instruct our experts to assess you and work with a specialist medical examination team who are experienced in these accident claims. They will review the full extent of your injuries and determine what care you will need both now and in the future. Their report will form the basis of your compensation claim.
Our investigation about the circumstances of your accident will establish who was responsible for your injuries. We are one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist team of road traffic accident investigation specialists. Our experts include former police accident investigators and an advanced driving instructor, this means we can expedite your claim and in the best way possible. Our lawyers will interview witnesses, review any CCTV footage available and obtain the police reports of your accident.
Stage Two: Rehabilitation
Many claimants require immediate medical care and support and if this is the case we will identify what care you need, both now and in the future. This could involve physiotherapy, surgery, mobility equipment, or modifications to your home. Early rehabilitation is vital and we will work with you to understand what support you need from the beginning of the claim process.
If it is possible to secure early compensation payments to assist with your rehabilitation costs, we will advise you at the beginning of the claim process.
Contact us here at Smith Jones today and learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support.
Stage Three: Compensation
We will calculate the compensation level for your injuries, losses, and any medical care and support you require both now and in the future. The compensation amount varies with every claim and we will keep you informed of your case details at every stage. Your final compensation amount will either be agreed with your opponent as a settlement, or determined through court proceedings.
The majority of cases are settled out of court. However, if you do have to go to court, our team will be there to support you every step of the way.
Stage Four: Conclusion
If you are successful and awarded compensation, your claim will be concluded and you will receive your payment in a lump sum. If your claim is unsuccessful and the claim was funded using a No Win No Fee arrangement, provided you have complied with the terms and conditions of the agreement, then you won’t need to pay anything towards our legal costs.¹³
WHO CAN CLAIM FOR A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
Anyone can bring a claim for compensation for a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt or you are representing a loved one who was fatally injured as a pedestrian in a road traffic accident, you can claim. There are 3 years from the date of the accident in which to make your claim. However, there are different limits for claimants who lack mental capacity, are under the age of 18, or if the accident happened abroad.
Sadly, many cases involve people who have been injured in a “hit and run” accident. If this happens to you, or someone in your family, do not worry; whilst you cannot identify those responsible you could still be entitled to make a claim. Our road traffic investigations team will try to find those responsible and may refer your claim to the Motor Insurance Bureau (a group set up to help people in this situation by paying compensation when the driver that caused an accident cannot be traced).
Find out more about hit and run claims by calling us now for a free, no-obligation consultation.
For many of our clients, we can secure an early admission of guilt from those responsible for your injuries. This can lead to you receiving early compensation payments and in many cases does not even go to court.
To start a claim or if you are unsure about whether or not you can make a claim, call us today on 0800 195 9590 and we can discuss your options with you.