This guide discusses when you could be eligible to make a zebra crossing accident claim. If you have been injured in a pedestrian crossing accident, you may be wondering whether you could receive compensation. Within this guide, we will explain the eligibility criteria that you must meet to be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
Furthermore, this guide will provide examples of how a road traffic accident could occur at a zebra crossing. This guide will also share examples of the evidence that could be used to support your case. Additionally, we will discuss how compensation is calculated and the heads of claim you could be awarded if your case is successful. This guide will end by explaining some of the various benefits of making your claim with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel.
You can contact a friendly member of our advisory team to discuss your specific case today and see whether you may have a valid claim. To reach one of our advisors, you can:
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- When Can You Make A Zebra Crossing Accident Claim?
- How Can Driver Negligence Lead To Making A Zebra Crossing Accident Claim?
- Evidence That Could Help In Pedestrian Claims
- How Much Settlement Could You Receive In Road Traffic Accident Claims?
- Claim For A Pedestrian Crossing Accident On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About How To Make A Road Traffic Accident Claim
Every road user owes a duty of care to each other. A road user’s duty of care entails using the road responsibly to prevent injury or damage to themselves and other road users. This means they must adhere to the rules found within the Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code.
Specifically, Rule H2 of The Highway Code clearly states that all drivers and riders need to give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing. Rule 19 declares that pedestrians at a zebra crossing must wait and give traffic plenty of time to stop before they attempt to cross.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian while using a zebra crossing, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. However, the following eligibility criteria must be met:
- You were owed a duty of care by another road user, such as a driver.
- This road user breached their duty of care.
- You were injured as a result of this breach.
To check the eligibility of your potential zebra crossing accident claim, you can contact a member of our team.
There are various ways that a road traffic accident could occur. However, as previously stated, to be eligible to make a zebra crossing accident claim, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by another road user failing to adhere to their duty of care.
Some example of how an accident could occur at a zebra crossing due to a driver breaching their duty of care includes:
- While using a zebra crossing, an intoxicated driver fails to come to a stop. This causes them to hit you, and you may suffer a dislocated shoulder injury.
- A car driver is driving over the speed limit, causing them to hit you as you are using a zebra crossing as they are unable to break quickly enough. This could cause you to suffer a broken leg.
- A driver is distracted by their mobile phone and isn’t paying attention to the road. They fail to notice you are using a zebra crossing, and they hit you with their car. This could cause you to suffer a head injury.
These are only a few examples of how a zebra crossing accident could occur. To discuss your particular case and to check your eligibility to make a claim, you can contact our advisors.
When making a zebra crossing accident claim, you will need to prove that another road user was liable for the accident and the types of injuries you suffered. This is why gathering sufficient evidence is a crucial step in the personal injury claims process. Some examples of the evidence you may collect to support your case could include:
- Contact details from any possible witnesses. This is so that they may provide a statement at a later date.
- Photographs of your visible injuries and the accident location.
- Evidence regarding your injuries and their treatment, such as your medical records and doctor’s notes.
- Dash cam or CCTV footage that captures your accident taking place.
Contact our team of advisors today to discuss your particular case. They may be able to connect you with a solicitor from our panel, who could help you with gathering evidence for your claim.
Your compensation settlement will include general damages if you make a successful zebra crossing accident claim. This head of loss provides you with compensation for the physical and mental suffering caused to you.
Those who evaluate this head of your claim may refer to the guideline compensation brackets found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Within this document is a list of various types of injuries with compensation guidelines assigned to them.
For our table below, we have used some of the guidelines found within the 16th edition of the JCG.
Since every claim is unique, how much compensation you receive may differ from that stated below. So, please only refer to this table as a guide.
|Very severe injuries plus special damages
|Up to £1,000,000 plus
|Multiple serious injuries suffered by the pedestrian. Need for home care, adaptations to home and loss of earnings.
|Very severe (a)
|£282,010 to £403,990
|Some ability to follow basic commands like eye opening. There is little response to environment and the need for full-time nursing care.
|Moderately severe (b)
|£219,070 to £282,010
|Very disabling where constant dependence on others is involved. May involve limb paralysis and a reduced life expectancy.
|Moderate (c) (i)
|£150,110 to £219,070
|There is a moderate to severe intellect deficit and personality change. The senses are affected.
|£96,160 to £130,930
|An arm injury that has fallen short of amputation but leaves the person little better off than if it had been.
|Less Severe (c)
|£19,200 to £39,170
|A serious degree of recovery has been made despite suffering with substantial disabilities.
|Severe (a) (ii)
|£65,740 to £130,930
|Serious damage to spinal discs and fractures where there is substantial loss of movement in the neck and loss of function in one or more limbs.
|Moderate (b) (i)
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Fractures or dislocations that may necessitate spinal fusion. There is chronic pain and impaired function.
|Severe (b) (ii) Very Serious
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Very serious injuries, such as multiple fractures taking years to heal, leading to permanent problems with mobility and the need for crutches.
|Severe (b) (iv) Moderate
|£27,760 to £39,200
|Complicated fractures or severe crushing injuries to a single limb.
|Severe (a) (iii)
|£38,780 to £69,730
|Cases of disc fractures or soft-tissue damage leading to chronic conditions despite surgery.
How To Claim Financial Losses When Claiming For Driver Negligence
Special damages is the other head of loss you may be awarded for a successful personal injury claim. This compensates you for any of the financial losses you have incurred due to your injuries. Some examples may include:
- Medical costs, such as having to pay for prescriptions.
- The cost of care if you required care to cope with your injuries.
- Travel expenses, such as taxi and bus rides to medical appointments, for example.
- Loss of earnings if you needed time off work to recover from your injuries.
Providing evidence of these losses is necessary in supporting your claim for special damages. For example, you could provide a copy of your payslips, bank statements and any relevant receipts or invoices.
To receive a free valuation of your zebra crossing accident claim, you can contact our advisory team today.
One of the expert road accident solicitors on our panel could help you with your zebra crossing accident claim, provided your case is valid. Additionally, they usually offer to represent their clients under a Conditional Fee Agreement.
When working with a solicitor under this type of No Win No Fee arrangement, you will not need to pay for your solicitor’s service fees upfront or during your claim’s progression. Furthermore, you will not have to pay for the work they have provided if your claim is unsuccessful.
If your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a success fee from your compensation. This fee is a small percentage that is subjected to a legal cap.
To find out if you may be eligible to work with one of the solicitors on our panel, you can contact a member of our advisory team. They can be reached 24/7 by:
Additional guides by us regarding personal injury claims:
- Read about recent changes to the highway code for pedestrians and when you could make a road traffic accident claim.
- Learn how to make a personal injury claim after being run over as a pedestrian.
- Information about when you could make a car park accident claim and how much compensation you could receive.
Here are also some external resources you may find helpful:
- Department for Transport – Reported road collisions, vehicles and casualties tables for Great Britain.
- THINK! – Road safety laws.
- NHS – Broken leg.
If you have any further questions about when you could be eligible to make a zebra crossing accident claim, contact our advisory team.