Have you been injured in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian? Are you wondering whether you could make a personal injury claim, and if so, how much would be awarded for your injuries that resulted from a pedestrian accident? In this guide, we are going to look at the eligibility criteria for making a personal injury claim as a pedestrian involved in an accident on the road. As well as this we will also look at how compensation is calculated in these claims and how injuries are valued.
This guide will also explore the duty of care that all road users must show to each other. We will discuss the process of pursuing a claim after injuries are sustained when a breach of duty has occurred.
In addition, we will look at the benefits of utilising a No Win No Fee solicitor when making a road accident claim.
If you require any more information to answer the question “How much compensation for a pedestrian accident?”, please reach out to one of our advisors. Reach out by:
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- How Much Compensation For A Pedestrian Accident Could I Receive?
- Eligibility Criteria To Make Pedestrian Claims After A Road Traffic Accident
- Who Is At Fault For A Pedestrian Accident?
- What Evidence Do I Need For A Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Claim?
- Claim For A Road Traffic Accident On A No Win No Fee Basis Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
- Resources For How Much Compensation For A Pedestrian Accident Claim
If you can prove that your injuries are a result of driver negligence, then you could be able to make a road traffic accident claim. If your personal injury claim wins, your awarded settlement could be made up of two claim heads. General damages being the first head of claim. You may seek compensation for any physical or psychological damage. The severity of your injuries and the extent of how they have impacted your quality of life is taken into account when determining your claim value.
Solicitors can utilise The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside medical reports from the independent medical assessment to help calculate your compensation value. The JCG sets out different guideline compensation brackets for different injuries ranging in severity. We have put together a table to show you some examples of some of these figures, below. Please note, as your claim will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, these compensation values are a guideline, not a guarantee.
|At the top end of the bracket cases where physical pain is present or where there is a significant effect on senses or ability to communicate. Such cases often involve significant brain damage
|£324,600 to £403,990
|Language function is minimal or non existent while the need for around-the-clock care is necessary
|£282,010 to £403,990
|In these cases, there are serious disabilities. These disabilities may include paralysis of the limbs or cognitive impairment
|£219,070 to £282,010
|A substantial degree of recovery will have been made but the injuries may have affected the persons concentration and memory
|£15,320 to £43,060
|This bracket includes paralysis of the lower half of the body
|£219,070 to £284,260
Amputation of Both Legs
|Amputation of both legs above the knee, or one leg has been lost above the knee while the other has been lost below the knee
|£240,790 to £282,010
|This bracket includes serious compound fractures and evident injury to ligaments or joints.
|£39,200 to £54,830
Less Serious (i)
|Fractures where an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue damage.
|£17,960 to £27,760
Special Damages In A Pedestrian Accident Claim
Special damages make up the second head of claim. It is reimbursement of any losses that you’ve experienced or will experience financially due to your injuries. We have included some examples of certain types of losses that may impact you:
- Travel expenses
- A loss of past or future earnings
- Medical or care costs
- Adaptations of the home and vehicle, if necessary
Evidence of these costs can be obtained in the form of receipts, invoices or payslips should you intend to try and claim for these losses. If you require any assistance with obtaining evidence of these losses, please contact us today.
To make a pedestrian accident claim, you must have suffered injuries that are the result of a driver breaching the duty of care they owe to all road users. A road user’s duty of care means they must use the roads in a way that avoids injury and damage to others and themselves. By complying with The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code, road users are fulfilling their duty.
In order to make a personal injury claim as a pedestrian after a road traffic accident, you must be able to satisfy the following criteria:
- The driver owed you a duty of care
- There was a breach in the duty of care, due to the driver’s actions or inactions
- Your injuries were caused by the breach.
Contact one of our advisors for a free assessment, as you could be able to pursue a personal injury claim today. They could offer further guidance to answer the question, “How much compensation for a pedestrian accident?”.
There are instances when a pedestrian accident could occur. Examples of these instances could include:
- A driver could be drunk and could drive straight through a red light and, as a result, could hit a pedestrian crossing the road at a junction. They could sustain a serious injury, such as a head injury which could lead to brain damage
- A car exceeding the speed limit could hit a pedestrian. Leg injuries as serious as below-knee amputations of both legs could be sustained
- A driver could begin to reverse without checking their mirrors. As a result, a pedestrian could be run over, leaving them with multiple bone fractures.
To support your road accident claim, it would be useful to collect a sufficient amount of evidence. Examples of different types of evidence that could be collected can include:
- Medical records such as X-rays or scans
- CCTV footage that captured the accident. Dash cam footage can be very useful in road traffic accidents
- Taking photographs of your injury and the site where it took place
- Collecting the details of potential witnesses that may be willing to give their recollection of events at a later occasion
- Keeping a diary that includes symptoms and treatments. This is helpful to establish your physical/mental state after the accident.
Along with compiling together your case, our panel of road accident solicitors will gather relevant evidence. For more information, get in touch.
Solicitors who work on a No Win No Fee basis offer the opportunity of receiving legal representation on the premise that there are no initial, upfront fees.
Additionally, while the case is ongoing, there will be no fees to pay for the work completed by your solicitor. If the claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay solicitor fees. However, your solicitor will take a success fee if your claim is successful, in which the percentage will be legally capped.
If you’d like to be connected to our panel of expert personal injury solicitors, then give us a call. One of our advisors could assess your case to see if you have the grounds to make a valid claim. Reach out to a member of our team by:
We have included some links to our guides that we hope you find helpful:
Here are some external resources that could prove useful:
GOV.UK – Request CCTV footage of yourself
NHS – Amputation