£30,000 Compensation For A Pedestrian Hit By A Car
At Legal Expert, our panel of expert solicitors has helped people across the UK claim compensation for a pedestrian hit by a car accident. Pedestrian accident claims can involve everything from mild to serious, severe and even fatal injuries. Pedestrian accident claims are common in the UK as thousands of people are hit by cars each year across the country. Our dedicated personal injury specialist solicitors will work hard to recover the compensation you deserve.
In this pedestrian hit by a car personal injury case study, we are looking at a case where a pedestrian was walking home when he was hit by a car. The accident caused several severe injuries, including fractures to the ribs, the pelvis and a fracture of the clavicle. As a result of these injuries, the claimant suffered a loss of mobility as well as depression. Both the physical and emotional injuries were temporary. Solicitors acting on behalf of the claimant were able to recover £30,000 in damages.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accident Claims?
Whilst most of us think nothing of taking a stroll down the street, through the park or of crossing the road, there are a variety of common hazards which can cause injuries to pedestrians. These can include accidents and collisions with a variety of vehicles, including bikes. The number of people who have been seriously or fatally injured in a collision with a bike doubled between 2006 and 2016. In 2016, a total of 108 people received serious injuries, whilst three people died.
Statistics for the number of pedestrians injured on the roads in 2016 compared to 2015 statistics can be seen in the graphic below;
You can find more information on the frequency and type of road traffic and pedestrian accidents in this guide from the RAC. It shows that in 2016, pedestrians made up 25% of all fatalities on the roads.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured as a pedestrian, whether by a car, bike or another vehicle, you can find out how to make a compensation claim with our guide here.
Establishing Liability In Pedestrian Accident Claims
For most road traffic accidents involving pedestrians in the UK, your claim will most likely be brought against the offending driver of the vehicle which hit you. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and injury, what happened and how it happened, you might also (or alternatively) be able to bring a compensation claim against the local authority. Should the pedestrian accident have occurred on private land, the owner of the land may also be liable for the accident and your injuries.
Solicitors acting for the pedestrian injured by the accident will need to establish that the driver of the car was negligent and that they were not acting in a reasonable manner, in that, the driver had not taken the reasonable steps necessary to monitor the road and pavements for pedestrians crossing the street, or that they had driven recklessly and mounted some part of the pavement or another pedestrian place. Once a solicitor has been able to do this, they can then establish liability on the part of the driver. In this pedestrian hit by a car case study, the pedestrian (claimant) was hit by the car. Liability was alleged and was admitted by the driver and their insurance provider.
Injuries From Road Traffic Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Accidents and injuries involving pedestrians are common in the UK. In the year 2013/14, there was an increase in the number of fatalities for pedestrians. This went up from 398 to 446. Over the same period, 5,063 pedestrians experienced serious injuries. A further 19,923 people sustained minor injuries. As a result of the car accident, the claimant sustained multiple injuries, including fractures of the ribs, fractures of the clavicle and, most seriously, a fractured pelvis. These injuries caused the claimant to lose some mobility for a period of time. As a result of the accident, the injuries sustained and the resulting consequences, the claimant became depressed. The case did show that the loss of mobility and depression were temporary.
How Much Compensation For Being Hit By A Car Was Claimed For?
In this case, liability was admitted by the driver and their insurance company. The pedestrian hit by a care settlement, UK, was initially offered at £15,000. Solicitors acting on behalf of the claimant rejected this initial offer and the case proceeded to the claims court. As a result of the hearing, the claimant was awarded double the initial offering, receiving £30,000 as their pedestrian hit by car compensation UK settlement. Solicitors and the claimant accepted this increased offering, bringing the case to a close. The amount of compensation you will receive from the defendant or their insurance provider will depend upon the nature, severity and extent of the injuries. The amounts that courts determine as an award for a compensation claim will be in line with guidelines produced by the judicial college.
Common Vehicle Injuries To Pedestrians
Common vehicle injuries to pedestrians range from fractures and broken bones to more serious and severe injuries, even fatalities. At the other end of the scale, lower impact speed accidents can result in more minor cuts, bruising and whiplash. If you are a pedestrian and you need to cross the road, there are a few guidelines which you should follow to ensure you do so in the safest possible way.
- Make sure that you always cross the road in a safe place. This could be at a pedestrian crossing, a pedestrian footbridge or an underpass.
- Ensure to use the crossing correctly. If there are traffic lights, wait till it is green for pedestrians. Before you step onto the road, check the traffic in both directions.
- If traffic could be obscured, make sure to also listen for any traffic as well.
- When it is safe to cross the road, walk across the road as quickly as you can. Make sure you don’t pause when crossing.
No Win No Fee Pedestrian Accident Claims
No win no services are provided to claimants without any need to make either upfront or containing payments through the case. Your injuries could already mean that you have lost earnings or had to pay for out of pocket costs, such as prescriptions, travel to medical appointments or other expenses. As such, the last thing you need is to have to pay to recover the damages you could be owed. No win no fee services mean that you won’t have to pay anything unless and until we win your case. If we win your case you will keep a minimum of 75% of the payout by law. Our fee is taken from the remaining 25%.
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