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Road traffic accidents involving pedestrians

Compensation claim advice for pedestrian injuries

Road vehicle users owe a duty of care to pedestrians. The courts put a very high duty on a road user to a pedestrian even when they may not be fully aware of the situation.

Pedestrians are of course particularly vulnerable, may not always be paying attention to cars and other vehicles, may not always be sober, or may be children whose visual and spatial awareness is not as developed as that of an adult. The courts generally rule that in a car accident with a pedestrian, drivers are expected to take all these factors into account and show a duty of care to the pedestrian, and the driver may be found liable in most of these situations.

For example, in one accident claim handled by Clear Answers' lawyers, a drunk pedestrian who was knocked down after leaving a nightclub received £100,000 for his serious injuries.

If an accident happens, wherever possible always keep a record and take photographs if you can; take the names and home addresses of witnesses; keep evidence of doctors visited and treatments, and keep receipts for any injury related expenses.

It is always important to obtain prompt specialist advice as to whether you have a road accident claim. Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim, or our gathering information and evidence section for details on what to do if you are involved in an accident.

Pedestrian and other RTA news stories

To read more of our successful road accident compensation claims, and related news stories, plus other personal injury accident compensation claims, visit our News Section which is regularly updated. Alternatively, click the link on the examples below to read more.

Pedestrian receives substantial road accident compensation

Our client in this road accident compensation claim was a pedestrian. He suffered serious and extensive injuries when he was knocked down by a reversing vehicle as he was waiting to cross a road.

Although the defendant admitted liability immediately, he refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement. Our specialist road accident compensation lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings, but before the trial date, they were able to negotiate accident compensation in excess of £200,000 for our client’s serious injuries.
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20 mph speed limits reduce road accident casualties by 40%

According to the British Medical Journal, a report published in December 2009 found that the introduction of 20 mph speed limits in some urban areas of London has resulted in a reduction in road accident casualties of over 40%.

The number of pedestrians injured in road accidents fell by a third, cyclists almost 17%, and two-wheeled powered vehicles also by a third.
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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.
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Pedestrian compensation claims

Clear Answers' specialist lawyers will be able to advise you whether a claim for compensation is possible and can give guidance and assistance on how a claim can be pursued

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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