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Pedestrian Hit By A Car At A Junction Claims Guide – Can I Claim Compensation? Free Advice On Road Accident

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If you have been injured as a pedestrian after being hit by a vehicle at a junction then you may be eligible to claim compensation. Pedestrians are vulnerable road users who often experience severe injuries following a road traffic accident. We will help you to prove the negligence of the driver that hit you or caused you to be injured and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve following this traumatic incident.

Read on to find out more about pedestrians who have been hit by a car at a junction. As soon as you are ready to make your claim or find out more then please contact Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 where one of our friendly and professional team will be happy to help you.

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A guide to claims as a pedestrian hit by a car at a junction

Whilst we are all encouraged to walk more for the sake of our health and the environment, it is worth noting that as a pedestrian you are one of the most vulnerable road users and need to exercise a high level of caution. Unlike motorists who are equipped with airbags and seatbelts, pedestrians often experience severe injuries following collisions with cars as they have no form of protection. If you are a pedestrian that has been hit by a car at a junction and suffered an injury as a result then you may be able to claim damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering. This guide will help you to understand when as a pedestrian, you have a right of way on the road, what to do if you have been involved in a road traffic accident and what you may be able to claim for as a result. We strongly advise you to read on and learn more and then contact us here at Legal Expert so that we can begin your claim and achieve the compensation that you are entitled to.

What are pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road. They have none of the protection afforded to motorists such as airbags and seatbelts. Pedestrians are most commonly injured as they are crossing the road, and road junctions are often the most dangerous area for pedestrians, leaving them open to the risk of being hit by a car that is turning in or out of a road without necessarily taking enough notice of other road users. It is not always easy to claim compensation as a pedestrian who has been hit by a car at a junction however. It can be difficult to prove. However if somebody else is responsible for the injuries you have suffered as a result of your accident then you may be able to claim damages. The amount that you can claim will depend on how severe your injuries are, what type of accident it was and how strong your evidence is. Each accident involving a pedestrian is unique and so the details need to be considered on an individual basis. If you have been harmed as a pedestrian following a car accident pulling out of a junction then please contact Legal Expert today to see what you may be entitled to.

What are accidents at junctions involving a pedestrian?

Vehicle drivers have a duty to be aware of pedestrians. If a pedestrian is hit by a car at a junction then their injuries can be devastating and life altering. They are much more likely to suffer serious injuries than the driver of the vehicle. Pedestrians are more vulnerable at road junctions as drivers tend to be assessing the road and making a judgement about oncoming drivers rather than the potential for pedestrians to be crossing the road ahead of them. They may be glancing in other directions to check the state of the traffic and fail to look in their direction of travel to see somebody crossing the road in front of them. At the point at which a motorist turns in or out of a junction, they are likely to be accelerating making it more difficult for them to stop quickly once they spot the pedestrian. All of these circumstances make it more likely that a pedestrian will be harmed at a junction.

When do pedestrians have a right of way?

There are a number of times that you will recognise that you have right of way as a pedestrian, and some that you may be surprised by. Here are the times in which a pedestrian has right of way on the road:

  • Zebra crossings. As soon as a pedestrian has stepped out onto a zebra crossing, drivers have a duty to stop and give way to them. It is known as a strict liability offence if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle whilst walking on a zebra crossing. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching a zebra crossing in case a pedestrian steps onto the road.
  • Pelican crossing. A pedestrian right of way only occurs once the green man appears. A pedestrian should be able to cross the road safely whilst the green man is illuminated. They may continue crossing when the green man begins flashing but should not start crossing at this point.
  • Puffin crossing. A puffin crossing confers the same right of way to a pedestrian but uses sensors to detect when a group of people have completed their road crossing. Therefore the green man will not begin to flash.
  • Toucan crossing. This works in a similar way to a pelican and a puffin crossing but pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to cross together.
  • Side roads. You may not be aware but according to the highway code, rule number 170, if as a pedestrian you have begun to cross a side road, then drivers who are turning into that side road from the main road must give way to you.
  • Walking along the side of a road. A pedestrian is well within their rights to walk along the side of the road as long as it is not a motorway or a motorway slip road.

Claims for being hit when crossing the road at a junction

On an annual basis, more than 30,000 pedestrians experience injuries following road traffic accidents. These injuries vary from minor scrapes to serious life-changing and debilitating injury. If you as a pedestrian have been hit by a car and are wondering what to do according to UK law then these tips may help you.

  • If you are hit on a pavement. If a vehicle has mounted the pavement or hit you whilst you are exercising your right of way by using a pedestrian crossing then you are very likely to be entitled to receive compensation. If the driver does not stop or was driving without an MOT, or uninsured, then you may still make a claim but you will need to go through the Motor Insurance Bureau.
  • Compensation if you are not hit. Even if the car does not actually hit you, if you are forced to jump out of the way of a car which has mounted the pavement or approached you at speed on a pedestrian crossing and you are injured as a result, then you may still be entitled to claim damages due to the drivers negligence.
  • The rules are pretty clear about who has right of way if you were using a pedestrian crossing. However, if you are crossing the road at a point at which there is no specified pedestrian crossing then you will need to prove that the driver was at fault before you were able to win compensation. If you crossed in a hazardous area, for example between parked cars or you failed to check the traffic properly because you were distracted then it may be agreed to be your fault as a negligent pedestrian. In this type of situation we strongly suggest that you contact a personal injury lawyer to help you establish who was to blame.

Compensation claims for a pedestrian T junction car accidents

Pedestrians who have been hit by a car at a junction will often wish to seek compensation to recover the losses they have experienced as a result of the accident. Following an accident at a junction, whose fault it is is an important part of making a compensation claim. Even if as a pedestrian you choose a safe place to cross, check in both directions and cross quickly and safely, you may still become the victim of a road traffic accident. The severity of your injuries will depend on a number of factors including your age, current state of health, speed at which the vehicle was travelling and the severity of the impact. It can be very tricky to make a personal injury claim as a pedestrian following a car accident at a junction because the drivers insurance company will do everything they can avoid or minimise compensation payment. In order to strengthen your case and receive the compensation that you are entitled to, you will need a personal injury solicitor to fight your corner. Here at Legal Expert we can pair you up with a solicitor who specialises in this area of personal injury and will get you the compensation you deserve.

What should you do if hit by a car at a junction?

If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a car at a junction then there are a number of things you can do at the outset to strengthen your claim. If you have been injured it is crucial that you see a healthcare professional as soon as possible to ensure that you get the treatment you need for the best chance of a full recovery. It is also important that your injuries are recorded by medical practitioner so that their report can be used as evidence at a later date.

It may also prove incredibly helpful at a later date if you can get witness statements. If anyone saw the accident as it happened then attempt to get contact details or statements from them at the scene of the accident or soon afterwards.

If you are able to do so, you may find it helpful to take pictures at the scene of the accident and of the area surrounding it. This kind of information will help a solicitor assess exactly what happened when they are bringing together the details of your case.

The most successful personal injury claims are lead by a specialist solicitor. We strongly recommend that you contact Legal Expert so that we can put you in touch with somebody who has a high level of expertise in this area of the law.

Case study of a pedestrian hit by a car at a junction

In a recent personal injury case, a pedestrian experienced an injury following a T junction car accident. The claimant had been crossing the road close to this T Junction. At the time of crossing, a driver was approaching the T Junction in a 30mph area. As the driver got closer to the junction he was observing right as there was a vehicle approaching him. Using his judgement, he decided that he had enough time to make the turning before the oncoming car arrived. The driver made the left turn without checking the road in front of him. He therefore did not spot the pedestrian claimant and collided with him. The claimant was knocked over the car bonnet and fell into the road. The driver stopped and telephoned for an ambulance. The claimant suffered extensive bruising, internal bleeding, concussion and a fractured rib. He was treated at the hospital but for 2 months afterwards was unable to go about his daily business as a result of the severe injuries. He also suffered traumatic flashbacks for several months afterwards. It was agreed that the claimant was attempting to cross the road safely and the vehicle’s driver had been negligent in his failure to identify the pedestrian who was crossing the road in front of him. Fortunately two other drivers and a pedestrian witnessed the incident and the statements requested from them helped to prove the drivers negligence. The case was concluded after several months when the driver’s insurer agreed a settlement in excess of £15,000.

What damages can I claim for as a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at a junction?

if you can successfully prove that your injuries were the results of somebody else’s negligence following a road traffic accident at a junction then you could possibly claim one or more types of the following compensation payouts:

  • General damages. General damages are payable usually as one lump sum which aims to duly compensate claimants for any pain/suffering they have experienced following at your injuries. The amount of general damages you will receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and is usually decided on a case-by-case basis.
  • Medical expenses. As long as you have kept your receipts or records of payment then you will be able to claim back any out of pocket expenses that you have incurred as a result of medical charges relating to your injuries. This can include, for example, prescription charges.
  • Travel expenses. If you have incurred travel expenses as a result of your injuries then you can claim these back on the condition that you have receipts to prove your payments. Example of travel expenses include journeys to and from medical appointments which are considered necessary following the car accident at a junction.
  • Loss of income. If your injuries following the accident to have rendered you unable to work then you could possibly claim for loss of earnings.
  • Care costs. If you have been unable to fulfil your day-to-day tasks at home due to the severity of your injuries and you have required another person to help you then this person might claim care costs.

How to calculate compensation for a pedestrian hit by a car at a junction

Personal injury claims calculators can be useful for getting a rough estimate of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to following your road traffic accident. However in this type of accident, the compensation that pedestrians receive varies widely and is dependent on the exact circumstances of the case. Therefore we strongly suggest that you contact a personal injury solicitor to get more specific advice on what you may be able to claim.

Type of injuryDetailsAmount of compensation awarded
Severe post-traumatic stress disorderWhich stops the individual from working and affects all aspects of their life.£52,490 to £88,270
Moderate post-traumatic stress disorderThe individual will be largely recovered and have no long-term disabling effects.£7,170 to £20,290.
Severe neck injuryIncludes incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesisIn the region of £130,060
Moderate neck injuriesIncluding severe fractures or dislocations that limit an individuals ability to maintain normal activities.£21,910 to £33,750
Minor neck injuriesIncluding minor soft tissue injuries£6,920 to £12,050
Severe back injuriesDamage to the spinal cord and nerves with serious consequences£79,890 to £141,150
Moderate back injuriesIncluding compression or crush fractures of lumbar vertebrae with a risk of osteoarthritis and ongoing pain£24,340 to £34,000
Minor back injuryIncluding sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries where full recovery is expected within two years.£2,150 to £6,920
Severe shoulder injuryInvolving damage to the brachial plexus and significant disability£11,200 to £16,830
Moderate shoulder injuryFrozen shoulder and soft tissue injuries that are not permanent but lasts for up to 2 years.£6,920 to £11,200
Minor shoulder injuryIncluding soft tissue injuries that cause pain but will have a full recovery in less than two years£3,810 to £6,920

Can I make a claim on a no win no fee basis if hit by a vehicle at a junction?

All compensation claims made through Legal Expert are made on a no win, no fee basis. No win no fee means that you will never be asked to pay any money up front. You only incur a fee if your compensation claim is successful and you receive a payout. In this scenario, the litigation fee will be taken from your final payout so you will never be left out of pocket. We believe this makes the process easier and less stressful for the claimant who does not need to feel discouraged by any financial penalty when making a claim.

Why choose Legal Expert to handle your claim?

Here at Legal Expert we have a dedicated team of professional people who are waiting to take your call. Our team are friendly and approachable and will support you throughout your compensation claim, keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The choice of personal injury lawyers may seem overwhelming when you first decide that you wish to make a claim. We think that Legal Expert is the obvious choice for you. The difference you will experience when choosing Legal Expert is that we genuinely care for our clients and do everything we can to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. We empathise with the fact that you are going through a difficult and traumatic time and we don’t want to make the process any more difficult than it needs to be. We will take care of as much the paperwork as we possibly can, troubling you as little as possible with the formalities. Don’t take our word for it though, call us today and have a chat with one of our experts who will be able to explain the process to you in detail.

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If you are ready to make a claim, or perhaps just want a chat about what the process involves then please contact us at Legal Expert today. We are here every day from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. so contact us at your convenience. Our phone number is 0800 073 8804. Alternatively you can contact us online using our contact form and we will get back to you.

Useful Links

Accidents to pedestrians – General guide – You might feel it necessary to read more about pedestrian accidents. Here’s our general guide.

Accident claims on the road – Personal injury claims on the road can be complex. Read more about them here.

Have you suffered broken bones? – The NHS page shows how to tell if you have a broken bone.

ROSPA – Prevention advice for pedestrians can be found here.

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