Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Claims

When it comes to road traffic accidents it is not always car passengers that are involved. Pedestrians are often just as much at risk as any passenger in a car and are far more vulnerable as they are without the protection of a car. 

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As a pedestrian or a driver it is our duty of care to ensure that we look after ourselves and other road users by adhering to the road rules to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasant journey. Unfortunately this is does not always happen and in many cases accidents involving pedestrians can end up with devastating consequences. 

What kind of accidents can occur?

When it comes to road traffic accidents involving pedestrians one of the most common occurrences is a hit and run accident. This involves a car hitting a pedestrian who is usually trying to cross the road and then leaving the scene of the crime, often leaving the pedestrian injured or potentially dead. 
 
Hit and run accidents can arise from a number of causes but are most commonly caused by the car driver and usually involve either the car speeding or the driver is under the influence of a controlled substance – either drugs or alcohol. It can also be the fault of the pedestrian if they have stepped out onto the road without checking for oncoming cars, or are crossing at an area which doesn’t have a designated pedestrian crossing. 

What injuries can I claim for?

A number of injuries can occur from pedestrian road traffic accidents and these include:
  • Broken limbs – Broken arms or legs are some of the most common injuries
  • Head injuries – Can result from an impact between the pedestrians head and the car or the tarmac
  • Injuries to the car driver/passengers – If the car is suddenly forced to stop upon impact with a pedestrian this could cause a range of injuries including whiplash to the driver or passengers
  • Death – If the impact between the car and the pedestrian is heavy enough it could result in the death of the pedestrian
  • Related injuries – If the car is forced to swerve to avoid a pedestrian on the road they could impact with a third party which may result in injuries for the car driver or passengers. 

How can I claim?

If you have been involved in a pedestrian road traffic accident, either as a car driver or a pedestrian you may be eligible to make a claim. If the accident was not your fault then you may be able to claim compensation to cover the cost of any medical expenses you have incurred in addition to any loss of income that you have had as a result of the accident. 
 
If you are considering making a claim then what are you waiting for? Contact the Manners Pimblett team today on 0845 077 0772 and let our team work with you to get the compensation you deserve. 
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