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Pedestrian injury compensation claims. 

Have you been injured in the last three years? 

Claim up to £379,100 for your Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident claim with MG Legal. 
 

Pedestrian accident statistics: 

Pedestrians are often overlooked when discussing road traffic accident victims. Along with motorcyclists, horse riders and cyclists, pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable people on the road, and are classed as vulnerable road users in the eyes of the law. Often hard to see on the road, and not having the physical protection afforded by those driving in a car, pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries and accidents. 
 
In 2018, 26% of all road deaths were pedestrians, who died as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle. Between 2005 and 2018, 8.6% of the 5,835 pedestrian deaths in England, Scotland and Wales occurred on pavements, 542 involved motor vehicles, with six pedestrian-cycle footway collisions. 

Zebra crossing accident claim: 

Pedestrians using crossings such as zebra crossings, pedestrian crossings, or a light-controlled crossing, when the lights are on red, should expect to be able to cross the road safely. However, this is not always the case. 
 
There are a number of reasons why zebra crossing accidents can happen. Statistically, Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world. Despite this, around 400 pedestrians are killed each year when hit by a vehicle. Many more suffer serious personal injuries. If you have been injured while trying to cross the road at a zebra crossing, contact MG Legal's specialist solicitors today to discuss your potential zebra crossing accident claim. 

Do pedestrians have right of way on a zebra crossing? 

Under Rule 195 of the Highway Code, road users MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a zebra crossing. This is a legal requirement. 
 
This essentially means that, in the eyes of the law, pedestrians do have right of way on the roads when crossing at a zebra crossing. If a driver fails to stop at a zebra crossing, and hits a pedestrian causing injury, they could be liable to have a zebra crossing accident claim made against them. 

Zebra crossing accident- a case study from MG Legal: 

When our team of Road Traffic Accident solicitors in Longridge were approached by our client Mrs A in relation to her injury compensation claim, we were shocked at what injuries she has suffered. Mrs A has been walking across a Zebra crossing in Fulwood, Preston. When she started crossing, the car to her right had paused (as it was legally obliged to do), and the car on her left was quite far away. 
 
The car carried on, and our client saw the driver looking elsewhere, with no signs of slowing down. Mrs A panicked, realising the car hadn’t seen her and wasn’t slowing down at all, and jumped to try and get out of the way. Unfortunately, the car still managed to hit her, catching her legs directly at her knees. 
Mrs A described the event to our team, explaining that she was thrown a little way into the air, before coming straight back down onto the pavement below. 
 
She was then rushed into the A&E department which, fortunately, was only around 200m away, where she was seen by the doctors. She had suffered bad cuts and bruising to her knees, damage to her personal possessions, and she was fairly shaken up by the whole event. 
 
The driver had, initially, made to drive off. However, once he seemed to realise that Mrs A was actually injured, he pulled over a little down the road and came to check whether she was okay. 
 
Unfortunately, Mrs A had to take time off work to recover from her injuries, as well as attending various medical appointments and having therapy for her psychological injuries. 
 
As soon as Mrs A contacted us, our team of Personal Injury solicitors in Longridge contacted the driver’s insurer and informed them of the injuries our client had suffered. 
 
After being offered a measly £2,000.00 to cover Mrs A’s injuries, as well as the items she had to replace due to the incident, our team managed to get Mrs A a fantastic £7,000.00. 
 
Mrs A was thrilled with the outcome of her case, and left us glowing feedback: 
 
“MG Legal’s personal injury team were amazing; Mark and Phil in particular made me feel comfortable throughout the process and were excellent at explaining any ‘legal jargon’ used by the other side to me. They fought for me at every turn, and made sure that I received the maximum amount of compensation possible for my injuries. MG Legal arranged expert medical appointments and treatment for my psychological injuries, which left me able to live a normal life following the traumatic experience. I couldn’t recommend them enough to anyone, and I have told more than a few of my friends how good their services are!” 

Pedestrian hit by a car while crossing the road: 

If you are hit by a car while crossing the road as a pedestrian, but not at a designated pedestrian crossing, it will be up to a specialist road traffic accident solicitor to establish whether or not you are eligible to make a personal injury road traffic accident claim on an individual basis. If you are found to have crossed a road negligently, at a dangerous place, or without checking if there is oncoming traffic, then you may not be eligible to make a pedestrian road traffic accident claim. 
 
However, if it is found that you acted with due care when crossing the road, and the negligent actions of the driver caused the accident leading to your injuries, then you could be eligible to pursue a claim. To find out whether you have a claim for road traffic accident compensation for your specific pedestrian accident, then get in touch with MG Legal’s specialist road traffic accident solicitors. 

Pedestrian hit by a drunk driver: 

If a pedestrian has been hit by a drunk driver, they are almost always eligible to make a road traffic accident claim for financial compensation. The act of drunk driving is inherently included in the legal umbrella of negligent driving, which can be used to make a successful road traffic accident claim for financial compensation. Driving while drunk can lead to slower reaction times, distracted driving, worse hazard perception, and unexpected risk-taking. In your claim, your designated road traffic accident solicitor will work to prove this negligence, and prove that it was this act of negligence that led to your injuries as a pedestrian. 

Can I make a pedestrian accident claim for injury if it was a hit and run? 

Yes, you can, MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors are experienced in helping our injured clients making all types of personal injury claim, and we appreciate that some drivers do not stop at the scene of a road traffic accident, even if they hit a pedestrian. In some cases, the police can trace the negligent vehicle either from CCTV, partial plate numbers, witnesses or debris left at the scene and so the owner and thus an insurer, can be identified. 
In some cases, the hit and run driver will evade all of these measures, and will remain untraced. But do not panic, because at MG Legal our expert personal injury solicitors are experienced enough to know that where a vehicle flees the scene, there remains the option to pursue a claim via the Motor Insurer’s Bureau under either the Uninsured or Untraced Drivers’ schemes. Both schemes offered by the Motor Insurers' Bureau are government backed, insurance industry funded schemes, which provide a replacement to an insurer for those who are victims of uninsured or untraced drivers. 

What can be claimed for in a pedestrian accident claim? 

When you pursue a financial compensation claim for injuries in a pedestrian road traffic accident, your claim will be broken down into two parts. The first of these will be special damages. 
 
Special damages help to repay victims for any financial losses that they have suffered because of the accident. These include: 
 
Loss of earnings 
Potential loss of earnings 
Care costs 
Medical costs 
Travel costs 
 
On top of these damages, you will also receive general damages for the pain and suffering of the specific injury. This amount will vary depending on the injuries that you have sustained and the severity of them. 
 
For a full overview of what can be claimed for in a pedestrian road traffic accident claim, see our page here. 

What if I’m partly at fault for the accident? 

You can still make a claim for a pedestrian accident where you were party to blame for the accident, because this means that another party was also partly to blame. Your claim would most likely be settled on what is known as a “split liability” or “contributory negligence” basis, which means that the total value of your injuries and losses would be assessed just with any normal claim, and then a percentage would be deducted to account for your apportionment of blame or fault. 
 
Most split liability or contributory negligence cases are open to negotiation and so, whilst it might not always be possible to obtain a full non-fault outcome, MG Legal are highly experienced in obtaining the best possible settlement and minimising any contributory negligence and we will do our best to ensure you receive the maximum possible award for your pedestrian accident claim. 

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

If your child has been injured in a pedestrian accident, a child hit by a car at a zebra crossing, or a child hit by a car on the pavement, you could be eligible to make a pedestrian accident claim with a specialist road traffic accident on their behalf, and obtain financial compensation for them. 
 
In this process, you would act as a ‘litigation friend’ who is making the claim on behalf of your injured child, and you will work closely with a designated road traffic accident solicitor as you would if you were making a claim for yourself. For more information on how the process of making an injury claim for your child works, and to hear how we can help make it as smooth as possible, get in touch with MG Legal’s road traffic accident solicitors here

How much is my pedestrian accident claim worth? 

As previously mentioned, pedestrian accident claims are separated into general and special damages. The special damages of your pedestrian accident claim will be calculated on an individual basis, by your specialist road traffic accident solicitor. For the general damages for the pain and suffering, MG Legal have put together the below table outlining the compensation available for different injuries in a pedestrian accident: 
Injury description after a pedestrian accident: 
Estimated compensation amount: 
Very severe brain damage- little meaningful response to environment 
£379,100 
Moderately severe brain damage- serious disability and constant care needed 
£264,650 
Minor brain damage or head injury- minimal brain damage, if any  
£11,980 
Arm fracture- where there is a serious fracture of one or both forearms and significant disability as a result 
£36,770 to £56,180 
Arm fracture- a simple fracture of the forearm 
£6,190 to £18,020 
Elbow fracture- a simple fracture to the elbow 
Up to £11,820 
Leg fracture- simple fractures to a femur with no damage to the articular surfaces 
£8,550 to £13,210 
Ankle fracture- a simple and undisplaced fractured ankle, varying on the likelihood of a full recovery 
Up to £12,900 
Foot fracture- simple metatarsal fractures 
Up to £12,900 
Toe fracture- a simple fractured toe 
Up to £9,010 

What to do after a pedestrian car accident: 

When making a pedestrian accident claim, it is necessary to prove that it was the vehicle driver’s fault, and that they acted negligently. Our road traffic accident solicitors find that only in very rare circumstances are pedestrians at fault, and the accidents often occur as a result of a car not seeing the pedestrian, or by two vehicles colliding, and a vehicle coming off the road and injuring innocent pedestrians and passers-by. 
 
In order to pursue a claim as a pedestrian hit by a car, or involved in another kind of road traffic accident, more often than not you will need the following information: 
 
The registration number of the vehicle at fault 
The name of the driver of the motor vehicle 
A police reference, if the police were called, and attended the scene of the accident 
Witness details, if the incident was witnessed. 
 
However, if you did not manage to obtain the vehicle details, or obtain the name of the driver of the motor vehicle that collided with you, then all is not lost, as MG Legal's expert road traffic accident solicitors will be able to pursue a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. The Motor Insurers Bureau is available to anyone who has suffered vehicle damage, or non-fault personal injury after a road traffic accident, and the driver of the vehicle at fault for the road traffic accident does not have a policy of insurance in place. 
 
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau offers two schemes: Traced, and Untraced. See a full overview of these here. 

How long does a pedestrian road traffic accident injury take to settle? 

Every personal injury claim is different, and the length of time to settlement, depends upon the injures sustained, and if the third party admits liability for the road traffic accident. One thing you can be sure of when you work with MG Legal's road traffic injury solicitors is that we will settle your claim for compensation as quickly and stress free as possible. 

How long do I have to make a Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Personal Injury Compensation Claim? 

From the date of the road traffic accident, you have 3 years to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Minors, meaning children under the age of 18 at the time of the road traffic accident, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday. So, if a child is 16 when they are injured, they have 5 years to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. The best advice we can give, is that if you have any queries about time limits for bringing a personal injury claim, then give our friendly personal injury team a call.  

Why choose MG Legal for my Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Claim? 

Unlike many ‘personal injury claims referral companies’ seen on daytime TV, MG Legal only employ qualified personal injury specialists to act on your behalf. Our experts are normal, approachable people, who are qualified solicitors specialising in all personal injury and medical negligence personal injury compensation claims. If you have been injured by a car or motorcycle, even if the vehicle was uninsured, our experts at MG Legal can help you. To speak to one of our expert road traffic accident personal injury solicitors, please contact us here, today. 
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