Welcome to our guide answering ‘what are the main causes of pedestrian accidents?’ If you’ve been harmed in a pedestrian accident, you could be wondering if you could make a valid claim. If your accident was due to the negligence of another party, this guide can help you figure out how you could claim compensation.
There are many different ways you could be injured as a pedestrian or in an accident involving a pedestrian. In this guide, we will explore what some of the causes of pedestrian accidents are, why they are so common, and how you could make a valid compensation claim.
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It is important to note that you generally cannot claim against a pedestrian in a personal injury claim, as they often do not have the relevant insurance. However, pedestrians could claim against other roads users such as car drivers. Therefore, in this article, we will be focusing on ways a pedestrian could make a personal injury claim.
The government considers pedestrians a vulnerable road user group, as a vehicle body does not protect them like some other road users. This means they are more at risk of being involved in accidents and sustaining injuries.
However, this doesn’t mean a pedestrian can’t be at fault for an accident. If a pedestrian was the faulting party for a road accident, they would not be able to make a claim for their injuries. You can only make a valid personal injury claim if you can prove that your injuries directly resulted from someone breaching their duty of care towards you.
All road users have a duty of care towards each other on the roads. This means they need to adhere to basic standards of care when on the roads and conduct themselves in a way that reduces the chances of accidents occurring. When this duty of care is breached, accidents and harm could happen. If you could prove that the accident and injury was the fault of another party, you could potentially claim against them. We will look at evidence types further in this guide.
The Department for Transport is a branch of the government that researches and releases statistics on transport accidents each year. According to their research, different pedestrian contributory factors that could cause accidents include:
- Pedestrians crossing the road behind a stationary vehicle
- Failure to look properly
- Pedestrian failing to judge vehicle’s speed or path
- Wrong use of a pedestrian crossing facility
- Dangerous action on a carriageway
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Carelessness or recklessness on the part of the pedestrian
- Pedestrian wearing dark clothing at night
- The pedestrian having some form of mental or physical disability or illness
However, this list is not exhaustive and many injuries to pedestrians are caused by other road users. If you’ve been in an accident and suffered injuries caused because of another road user, you could still potentially make a claim for compensation.
What’s more, if you were only partially responsible for the accident, you could still be able to claim. However, any compensation you might receive would be reduced. Get in touch with our advisors today to find out more.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
This section will look closer at the statistics relating to what the main causes of pedestrian accidents are. The figures shown are from Department for Transport data about contributory factors to vehicles or pedestrians in reported accidents in Great Britain.
This chart shows the number of accidents relating to different factors. However, it is important to note that these factors are based upon police reports from those attending the scene of an accident after it has already happened. Because of this, it may be difficult for a police officer to determine a contributing factor with complete accuracy.
Further research allows us to look at what types of vehicles are more likely to be in a pedestrian accident.
This graph shows the number of reported accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles. From this graph, we can see that pedestrians are most at risk from cars.
Pedestrian accidents are not uncommon because, as mentioned, they are considered an at-risk road user group. They have little to protect themselves against large vehicles if an accident occurs. For this reason, they are also more likely to be injured in a road traffic accident.
For example, if two cars collide, both parties are protected by the car’s metal body. As long as all drivers and passengers involved are wearing their seatbelts, they may walk away with less serious injuries. However, if a car collides with a pedestrian, the impact of the metal body on a person without similar protection could leave them with severe injuries.
Another example could be bicycle accidents. Cyclists are also considered an at-risk user group, as they are similarly without the metal body of a vehicle for protection. However, cyclists should always wear safety gear to keep themselves safe, whereas pedestrians don’t usually have this. So if a cyclist and a pedestrian collide, the cyclist could avoid a head injury if they are wearing their helmet. Still, the pedestrian could suffer fractures, dislocations or crushing injuries since they have no protection.
So, you may be wondering how pedestrian accidents could be reduced. How can other road users keep pedestrians safe?
The Highway Code is a document that outlines how all road users should behave on British roads. If all road user groups appropriately follow the regulations in this document, accidents could reduce. This includes not driving under the influence, paying attention to the roads, and ensuring to always adhere to the speed limit of an area.
Pedestrians should always ensure they are being as safe as possible. This could involve always paying attention to their surroundings, not being careless or reckless, and wearing bright or hi-vis clothing if walking at night on roads without pavement.
This guide aims to answer the question ‘what are the main causes of pedestrian accidents?’ If you have any questions about claiming, why not get in touch?
Have you been in a pedestrian accident and want to make a claim? Here’s what you might do.
We first recommend you seek immediate medical attention. If you feel your injuries are minor, you could seek the guidance of your GP or ring 111. However, ringing 999 or seeking your nearest emergency service may be necessary if your injuries are more severe.
You can also gather evidence to support your claim. You do not need a solicitor to do so, but we always recommend hiring one. They can provide experience to help make the process smoother for you.
Appropriate evidence types could include:
- Accident report records, such as to the police
- Photographs of your injuries
- CCTV footage
- Witness contact details (for statements at a later date)
- Medical reports
To find out more about what evidence could work best for you or to seek the help of a solicitor, get in touch today.
This section includes a table of compensation amounts relating to pedestrian injuries. These figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines and are calculated from past case studies, meaning they are not guaranteed. This element of your compensation is known as general damages.
For an accurate assessment of your injuries, you will need to attend an independent medical appointment. A medical professional will assess the severity and effects of your injuries. This could be used as key evidence for calculating how much compensation you receive in general damages.
Injury Severity Amount Notes
Neck Severe (ii) £61,710 to £122,860 This bracket could cover serious fractures or disc damage in the cervical spine which result in disabilities of considerable severity.
Neck Moderate (i) £23,460 to £36,120 This bracket could cover dislocations or fractures which result in immediate and severe symptoms. This bracket may also cover chronic conditions and serious soft tissue injuries to the neck and back. These will result in impaired function and a vulnerability to further damage.
Shoulder Serious £11,980 to £18,020 This bracket could cover damage to the lower area of the brachial plexus or dislocation of the shoulder. These would cause pain in the neck and shoulder, aching in the elbow and weakness of the grip. This bracket may also cover a fractured humerus that leads to restricted shoulder movement and soft tissue injuries.
Clavicle (E) £4,830 to £11,490 This bracket could cover a fracture of the clavicle with possible disability and lasting symptoms.
Elbow Less Severe £14,690 to £30,050 This bracket could cover injuries that impair the function of the elbow but do not require major surgery or result in a lasting disability.
Leg (iv) £91,950 to £124,800 This bracket could cover the straightforward below-knee amputation of one leg. It could also cover a traumatic amputation or cases where numerous unsuccessful operations to save the leg occurred years after the event. Phantom pains, prosthetic success and related psychiatric issues will also be taken into account here.
Ankle Moderate £12,900 to £24,950 This bracket could cover ligament tears and fractures which lead to less serious disabilities such as difficulty standing and residual scarring. There may be a risk of future osteoarthritis.
Foot Serious £23,460 to £36,790 This bracket could cover fractures that result in continuous pain and a risk of future arthritis, prolonged treatment and surgery.
Cheekbone (i) £9,570 to £14,810 This bracket could cover serious fractures that require surgery but will still leave lasting consequences such as disfigurement.
Teeth (ii) £4,080 to £7,160 This bracket could cover serious damage to, or loss of, two front teeth.
Your compensation may also include special damages, which aims to cover the financial losses related to your injury. You could potentially claim for:
- Loss of earnings
- The price of mobility supports
- Medical expenses not covered by the NHS
- Travel costs (to and from the hospital, for example)
- Adjustments to the home if you suffer an injury that necessitates this
Special damages could also potentially cover any possible future losses that may occur as a result of your injury. To claim this, you would need to prove that your financial issues directly resulted from the accident. You could show payslips for lost wages or receipts for travel costs, for example.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may want to claim compensation. But you may be concerned about funding the work of a solicitor.
You should know that the solicitors on our panel offer their services exclusively on a No Win No Fee basis for all claims they accept. This type of agreement means you don’t have to pay any solicitor fees if your claim does not succeed.
On the other hand, if your claim is successful, your solicitor will deduct a legally capped success fee from your compensation amount once it is fully paid. Your solicitor will tell you their percentages before they take on your case, and the legal cap means you get the majority of the compensation awarded.
If you feel a No Win No Fee agreement could benefit you, why not get in touch today to find out more? Our advisors could pass you on to a solicitor from our panel to help you start your claim today.
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Thank you for reading our guide on what the main causes of pedestrian accidents are. We hope it answered all your questions. For further helpful resources, please see below.
Payout for a Fractured Neck – A guide to claiming compensation for a fractured neck.
How to Claim Compensation for an Accident in a Public Road – Wondering how to claim for an accident on a public road? Our article can help you.
Public Pavement and Road Defect Accident Claims Guide – Our guide on claiming after a pavement or road defect.
Request CCTV Footage of Yourself – A government guide that may help you seek evidence.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau – If you were in a road accident and the driver was untraceable or uninsured, you could claim through the MIB.
Road Traffic Act 1988 – Government legislation covering road traffic claims.
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