Welcome to this complete guide on where to find the best pedestrian accident solicitors. If you are a pedestrian that was involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) and are seeking compensation, then you may find the process of claiming easier with the guidance of a lawyer. However, it’s important to remember that you can only claim if your injuries resulted from negligence.
In this guide, we will share some guideline compensation figures that are used to value claims. We’ll also examine the injuries you could sustain as a pedestrian in a road accident. Additionally, we will discuss what evidence is needed to make a successful claim, and how our panel of solicitors could help you on a No Win No Fee basis.
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You could be looking for pedestrian accident solicitors because you have recently suffered an injury in a road traffic accident (RTA) due to someone else’s negligence. As a road user, you’re owed a duty of care by others on the road and similarly are expected to conduct yourself in a way that reduces the risk of accidents and injuries.
Furthermore, pedestrians are classed as vulnerable road users. This means that they are higher on the hierarchy of road users, and those lower down on the hierarchy have a greater responsibility for their safety. For example, the duty of care toward a pedestrian by an HGV driver is greater than that of a pedestrian toward a car driver.
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Compensation can be divided into general and special damages in a personal injury claim. Any physical and mental suffering you have endured due to your injury will be compensated through general damages.
Following the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guideline (JCG), we have inserted a table of compensation brackets for various injuries. Pedestrian accident solicitors will often use the JCG to help them value claims.
Please use the following figures as a guideline only. The compensation you may receive will depend on several factors in your case and, therefore, can vary.
|Leg Injuries - Amputations||Above-knee amputation of one leg - The amount awarded will depend on the amputation level, the severity of phantom pains and the success of any prosthetics.||£104,830 - £137,470|
|Amputation of Arms||Loss of one arm (ii) - The amount awarded will be dependent on whether the amputation happened above or through the elbow.||£109,650 - £130,930|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)||Severe - The person will suffer from permanent effects and will be unable to work or function the same as at pre-trauma levels.||£59,860 - £100,670|
|Back Injuries||Severe (iii) - The person will suffer from fractures or disc lesions. Even after treatment, there will be remaining disabilities such as impaired agility, severe pain and the risk of arthritis.||£38,780 - £69,730|
|Neck Injuries - (A)||Severe (ii) - The person will suffer from serious fractures or damages to the discs in the spine. The injury can result in substantial loss of movement in the neck and loss of function in one/multiple limbs.||£45,470 - £55,990|
|Leg Injuries - Severe Leg Injuries||(iv) Moderate - The person will suffer from multiple fractures or severe crushing injuries. The amount awarded will depend on the extent of treatments, impact on employment and need for future surgery.||£27,760 - £39,200|
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips||Moderate (i) - The person will suffer from a significant injury, but any permanent disabilities won’t be major, and the future risk is not great.||£26,590 - £39,170|
|Knee Injuries||Moderate (i) - The person will have a dislocated knee or torn cartilage in the knee. This can result in weakness, wasting and minor instability.||£14,840 - £26,190|
|Shoulder Injuries||Serious - The person will have a dislocated shoulder that will cause pain in the neck and shoulder. It will also cause restricted shoulder movement and grip weakness.||£12,770 - £19,200|
|Injuries to Internal Organs - (A)||(g) - The person will have fractured ribs or soft tissue injuries. These will cause serious pain, and disabilities will last a few weeks.||Up to £3,950|
Additionally, you may receive special damages in your claim. Special damages seek to compensate any financial losses you have suffered because of your injury. This can include:
- Travel costs to and from medical appointments
- The cost of a carer
- Loss of earnings
Keeping a record of these expenses will help you in claiming them back. If you’d like any more guidance on what could be included in your claim, speak with an advisor today.
There are rules and obligations that all road users are expected to follow- this includes drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The duty of care that road users owe one another are set out in the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
The Highway Code sets out the rules expected of you as a pedestrian, for example, when crossing the road or walking down the side of a road without any pavement. It also states what is expected of other road users and when a pedestrian may have priority (e.g., if you have already started crossing at a junction, any traffic wanting to turn into the road should give way to you.)
If other road users were to breach their duty of care, this could result in an accident. Some examples of pedestrian accidents are:
- You are crossing the road at a puffin crossing when a speeding driver doesn’t stop and crashes into you. This results in you suffering from a serious back injury and a broken leg.
- You are walking on the pavement, and the road next to you has a lot of traffic. A motorbike drives up onto the curb with the intention of overtaking some cars. However, they didn’t notice you were on the path and hit you. This results in a shoulder injury.
- A drunk driver doesn’t stop whilst you are crossing at a zebra crossing and crashes into you. This results in a neck injury and a broken arm.
Remember, in order to make a successful claim, you must be able to prove that a third party was at fault for the accident. If you weren’t paying attention to the road when crossing or crossed at a puffin crossing when you knew you weren’t meant to (e.g. the red man was showing), you may not be able to claim.
One of the pedestrian accident solicitors from our panel could help you with your personal injury claim. Contact our advisors for more information; if your case is valid, they could connect you with a personal injury lawyer.
In the aftermath of an accident, there are additional steps you can take to help you make a successful claim.
- Receive medical attention – If you were a pedestrian involved in an RTA, it’s best you get your injuries checked out. You could either go to A&E or make an appointment with your GP, depending on the severity of your injuries. Request a copy of your medical record as this could be used as proof of the severity of your injuries.
- Gather evidence – Having as much evidence as possible to show you were not at fault in an RTA will help you in making a successful claim. This can include CCTV footage or dashcam footage of the accident and the contact details of eyewitnesses who are willing to make a statement.
- Get legal advice – Following an RTA that causes injury, you might want to get some legal advice. Our team can help you with any questions you may have regarding how pedestrian accident solicitors can help you.
If you speak with our team, there’s no requirement for you to continue with our services; however, if you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
If you decide to pursue a claim and want to do so with legal representation, a No Win No Fee or Conditional Fee Agreement could be the most beneficial option for you. Our panel of pedestrian accident solicitors have lots of experience with No Win No Fee arrangements.
The benefits of this kind of arrangement are:
- No payable solicitor fees to start your claim.
- During the process of your claim, there are no fees payable.
- You will only pay a small success fee to your solicitor (from your compensation) for successful cases. They’ll deduct this from your award before you get it.
- You will not be responsible for paying for your solicitor’s services if your case isn’t successful.
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Get in touch with our advisors if you are still wondering how pedestrian accident solicitors could help you regarding your claim. Our team is here to help you with free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Please find below some additional resources that may help you on your legal journey:
- Think!: Facts about road safety laws
- Department for Transport: Reported road accidents, vehicles and casualties tables for Great Britain
- NHS: Broken arm or wrist
You can also read other road traffic accident claims on our website:
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- A Guide to Car Accident Claim Solicitors
- A Guide To Taxi Accident Claims
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- What Is The Average Settlement For A Taxi Cab Accident?
- How Do I Use A Car Accident Compensation Claim Calculator?
- How Do I Make A Back Injury Car Accident Claim?
- How Do I Make A Claim After A Car Accident?
- Can I Claim For Anxiety After A Car Accident?
- How Long Do Car Accident Personal Injury Claims Take?
Thank you for reading this guide about pedestrian accident solicitors.
Writer Megan Rush
Publisher Fern Stewart