Car Accidents as a Pedestrian: Your Right to Claim

By John Dillon September 5th 2017

Everyone knows the risks associated with driving – you take a risk every time you get into the car. But what if you’re out and about as pedestrian? You know to take care crossing the road, but you probably don’t expect to be in danger at every turn.

Yet sadly, the statistics tell a different story. In the UK alone, over 30,000 pedestrians are injured as a result of road traffic accidents every year. It’s a frightening figure. And of course, these injuries can come about in a variety of ways. This fact plays a key role in determining whether the pedestrian has a valid personal injury claim to pursue. Here’s a rundown of the types of pedestrian accidents and claims to be aware of:

Being hit by a vehicle on the pavement or on a crossing

If you’re hit and injured by a vehicle which has mounted the pavement or when you’re properly using a pedestrian crossing, you will have a strong claim for compensation.

If it’s a hit and run accidents or the driver was uninsured/driving without an MOT or was driving a stolen vehicle, any claim must be made through the Motor Insurance Bureau.

Being injured whilst trying to avoid an approaching vehicle

Imagine the scene: you’re walking along minding your own business, when suddenly a car swerves onto the pavement. You have to jump to avoid a collision and end up landing awkwardly, suffering an injury in the process. Even though the car didn’t hit you, you may still have a strong claim for compensation. Speak to a personal injury lawyer.

Being injured when not using a pedestrian crossing point

Things get a bit trickier if you’re involved in a road accident as a pedestrian when crossing the road – but not at a designated crossing point. It comes down to who is deemed to be at fault. For example, if you stepped out between parked cars or didn’t look properly, it may be that the accident is your fault and not the driver’s.

If you have suffered an injury or been involved in an road accident as a pedestrian – and you feel sure it wasn’t your fault – the best idea is to contact a personal injury lawyer. We can help establish whether you have a valid claim for compensation or not.