Pedestrian Accident Claims

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Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable on the roads and unfortunately, thousands of accidents happen every year. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to make a pedestrian accident claim.

The impact of a vehicle nearly always causes injuries, and in the most serious road traffic accidents, the injuries to pedestrians can be devastating and life-changing, even fatal.

Pedestrians are classed as ‘vulnerable road users’, along with cyclists and motorcyclists. Under the new Highway Code rules, if pedestrians have started crossing the road and drivers want to turn into the road, pedestrians crossing have priority, and the traffic should give way to them.

At Novum Law, we have supported clients in a wide range of circumstances, helping them to claim the compensation they deserve. We know that being in a pedestrian accident can be traumatising, particularly where you or someone close to you has sustained serious injuries.

Our specialist solicitors offer sensitive and practical support, ensuring that your experience making a claim is as smooth as possible. We can guide you through the whole process, helping you with any queries and concerns you have along the way.

Our expert legal team support clients on a No Win, No Fee basis, so you do not need to be concerned with financial risk or funding your claim.

For a free, no obligation consultation with our experts, please contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or complete our online enquiry form.

Our expertise with pedestrian accident claims

Types of pedestrian accident claims we can help with

We can help you claim for a pedestrian accident wherever it happens, including:

  • Accidents on public roads, including zebra crossings and pelican crossings
  • Accidents in car parks
  • Accidents on private land
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Fatal accidents

Our experience

If you make a pedestrian accident claim with us, you will benefit from decades of experience across our team. Our experts have successfully acted for adults, teenagers and children in a wide range of claims, including those that are complicated and high value.

Over the years, we have secured millions of pounds in compensation for our clients, and most of those were achieved through negotiation without the need to go to court.

Independent recognition of our expertise

Our pedestrian accident solicitors’ expertise has been independently recognised, including by:

  • Ranking as one of the leading personal injury law firms in the South West by client guide Chambers & Partners
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) membership held by many of our team

Members of the team have particular expertise in areas including brain and head injuries, spinal injuries and fatal injuries.

We work with some of the top barristers and our legal team is supported by a range of professionals including crash investigators and medical experts.

Our specialist solicitors are focused on helping our clients to make the best recovery possible. We will help you or your loved one access specialist care and rehabilitation services to make life easier for you.

How claiming compensation for pedestrian accident claims works

Free initial consultation with our team

Discussing your injury is the first step and we understand that this can be difficult to do. At Novum Law, we do all we can to make the process as easy and stress free as possible for you.

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your pedestrian accident claim. During this chat we will have the chance to assess if you are owed compensation and how much this might be.

If our experts think you may be entitled to pedestrian accident compensation, a member of our team will explain the claims process, including fees and funding.

Once our consultation is complete, it is up to you whether you would like to pursue a claim and there will be no pressure to do so.

Funding your claim

Our claims are funded on a No Win, No Fee basis. What this means is, our fees will only apply if we secure compensation for you. If in the unlikely event your claim is unfortunately unsuccessful, you will have nothing to pay. If your claim does succeed, some or all of the costs may be met by the defendant, allowing you to keep more of your compensation.

Calculating the value of your claim

To secure you the maximum amount of compensation, we assess all of the ways your injuries or the injuries of your loved one have affected your lives.

The compensation that you may be entitled to for a pedestrian injury claim includes:

General damages: Allowing you to claim damages for suffering, pain and ‘loss of amenity’, meaning that you are unable to do the activities that you could before.

Special damages: Allowing you to claim for particular financial expenses you’ve incurred because of your injuries. These might include costs associated with rehabilitation, care support or medical treatment. These damages can cover costs both now and costs you’ll likely incur in the future.

Time limits to claim

You will have a period of 3 years to make a claim for a pedestrian accident. The 3-year time period may start from the date of the injury or the ‘date of knowledge’. The date of knowledge means the date when you first became aware of the injury or aware that another person’s negligence was to blame.

There are certain exceptions where you may have a little longer to claim. For example, if a child is injured in a pedestrian accident, their parent can make a claim on their behalf before the child turns 18 years old. When the child turns 18, if no claim has been made on their behalf, they will have a until they turn 21 to make a claim.

If the injured person lacks mental capacity, there is no time limit to make a pedestrian accident claim.

Frequently asked questions about making pedestrian accident claims

What to do if you get hit by a car while walking

If you get hit by a car while out walking, it is essential to seek immediate medical assistance. You’ll need to contact both the police and an ambulance to report the accident.

You should record any injuries and get information from the driver involved if possible. Information you’ll need includes driving licence details, their name and contact details. Should there be witnesses to the incident, it’s advisable to take down their details too, if they are happy to give these.

Following your accident, it’s important to seek specialist legal advice from a solicitor. Our experts have supported a diverse range of clients with pedestrian accident claims and are happy to answer any questions you have.

Can you claim compensation as a pedestrian?

Yes, if you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, you will be able to make a compensation claim. To pursue your claim, you’ll need to work with a specialist solicitor.

To claim for a pedestrian accident, it is necessary to prove that the accident was another person’s fault. Our specialists at Novum Law can support you to do so, helping you through the entire process. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

How do you claim for a pedestrian accident?

If you would like to make a claim for a pedestrian accident, you’ll need to contact an expert personal injury lawyer. They can assess your circumstances, build your case and represent you.

Your solicitor will walk you through each step involved in pursuing a personal injury claim, including gathering evidence and negotiating a settlement with the person who was at fault.

How much compensation can you claim for a pedestrian accident?

The amount of compensation you can receive for a pedestrian accident injury claim depends on the circumstances related to your injury and what type of rehabilitation you need.

Compensation amounts tend to be based on factors such as:

  • Loss of earnings, both now and in the future
  • Any modifications you’ve had to make to your home
  • Mobility aids or other equipment you need
  • Any travel or medical expenses you’ve incurred
  • Suffering and pain you’ve experienced

Once our experts have assessed your case, we’ll be able to give an estimate of how much you could stand to receive.

Can you make a claim for a pedestrian accident involving a child?

Yes, it is possible to make a pedestrian accident claim on behalf of a child. If your child has been injured in an accident, we appreciate what a traumatising experience this can be for both you and them. We know a pedestrian accident can have a huge impact on your child’s health and future. While compensation does not reverse the accident it can make a huge difference in getting your child the support they need.

Do you need CCTV footage for a pedestrian accident claim?

To build your pedestrian accident claim, it’s necessary to prove that another party was at fault and caused the accident. While CCTV footage can be helpful to support a claim, it is not strictly necessary.

Our solicitors will be able to build your case based on other evidence and records, for instance, accounts from eyewitnesses, vehicle damage and injuries sustained.

Do you have a question we have not answered?

If you have a question about making a pedestrian accident injury claim that is not listed above, please visit our main FAQs page. Alternatively, please get in touch and we will be happy to answer your question.

Please book your free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident claims team

If you or a loved one needs support to make a pedestrian accident claim in the UK, our experts in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here to help.

To start the process of making your compensation claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat.


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