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Home > News > Pedestrian Claims Compensation For Road Traffic Accident In Public Car Park

3rd November 2008

Pedestrian Claims Compensation For Road Traffic Accident In Public Car Park

Car parks which are used by the general public, such as those servicing supermarkets, shopping centres, retail parks, and other leisure or retail facilities, are governed by the normal laws which apply to road usage across the UK. This applies even if the car park itself is on private property and managed by the owner or the operator of the store or facility.

Where you are injured in a road traffic accident as a result of someone else failing to exercise their duty of care to you, you are entitled to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. Wherever a traffic accident occurs, whether in a public or private car park, we still have a duty to make sure that we do not cause harm to others, whether they are a pedestrian, a driver of another vehicle, or a passenger in a vehicle.

In addition, the rules about reporting road traffic accidents to the police also apply in car parks. In the event of an accident occurring, individuals must report a road accident where injury is caused, or where damage is done other than to the vehicle itself.

Personal Injuries Following A Road Traffic Accident In A Car Park

An employee of a well-know high street store, our client was injured in a road traffic accident when he was struck by a bus serving the local community. The bus was pulling up to the bus stop in the store’s car park and was going too fast, taking a bend too sharply. This resulted in the front of the bus hanging over the pavement. Our client was a pedestrian on the pavement and was struck from behind by the wing mirror of the bus, hitting his shoulder and throwing him several feet where he landed heavily, hitting his head and arm.

The day following his pedestrian accident, he experienced pain and stiffness in his neck and pins and needles in the back of his neck. He attended his local hospital where he underwent x-rays, they then admitted him for further tests. Despite treatment sessions with a Chiropractor, as a result of this road traffic accident, he continues to suffer from problems with his neck, particularly in cold weather.

Road Traffic Accident Claim

Our specialist road traffic accident lawyers pursued an accident claim against the operator of the bus for the actions of its employee. The bus driver had failed to exercise a duty of care to our client.

The bus operator initially denied liability for this traffic accident and our personal injury solicitors were forced to issue court proceedings. We continued to negotiate hard and, before the case went to trial, were successful in securing a substantial sum in compensation for the injuries suffered by this pedestrian as a result of the road traffic accident.

Road Traffic Accident Compensation Claim Advice

Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of road traffic accidents. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim, whether you were in a work related accident, or in the course of your private life. Our advisers will be happy to talk to you, in plain English, through the claims process, provide you with expert legal advice and to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in a road traffic accident, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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