Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable types of road user. Pedestrian accidents can have very serious consequences and if you have been injured as a pedestrian, it may have had a significant impact on your life.
If you are injured by a vehicle whilst on a pavement or at a crossing, you will have an excellent case for claiming compensation. A claim can be more complicated if you were crossing the road at a non-designated crossing area. Our team will discuss the accident circumstances with you and provide you with an opinion as to whether your claim will be successful. You are still entitled to compensation if liability is split between you and the driver. For example, if it is determined that the driver was only 50% responsible for the accident, you will receive 50% of the value of your injury and other losses.
The stress and trauma of being injured as a pedestrian can be heightened where you are unable to identify the person responsible for your accident and injury. However, if you have been involved in a hit and run accident, or an accident involving a stolen vehicle, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation. Under these circumstances you will make your claim against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, the Motor Insurers Bureau advise that you report the accident to the Police within fourteen days from the date of the accident in order to make a personal injury claim.
Making a Pedestrian Accident Claim
Out of all road accident victims, pedestrians often suffer the most severe injuries and the effect on their lives can be serious. In order to make a successful claim for compensation you will need evidence to support your claim. Where you are a pedestrian in the accident, you will need to prove that the driver was responsible for causing the accident. Your solicitor will ask you a number of questions about the accident in order to assist in the evidence gathering process. Evidence that may be used to support your claim includes:
- The names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident
- Witness statements
- Photographs or CCTV footage of the accident site
- Police reports
- Medical Reports
Your solicitor will also require evidence to support the amount of compensation you are claiming. You may be able to claim compensation both for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries and also any financial loss suffered as a result of your accident. In order to support your claim for these types of compensation your solicitor may ask you to retain:
- Medical reports.
- Receipts for any medical costs.
- Evidence of loss of earnings, such as a letter from your employer.
- Receipts for any associated costs such as child care, travel expenditure or over the counter medicines.
- Evidence of the cost of any modifications made to your home to accommodate your injuries.
We will do everything possible to ensure you are provided with the necessary support and advice about your injuries and all other losses you have incurred.
Our specialist team at Kerr Brown can deal with all aspects of your claim including:-
- Personal injury;
- Rehabilitation – we can arrange physiotherapy or other treatment to assist in your recovery at no cost to you;
- Treatment costs;
- Loss of earnings;
- Recovery of damaged property;
- Travel costs; and
- Out of pocket expenses.