Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately extremely common on Scottish roads. In 2016 alone, there were 1,663 pedestrian casualties recorded, resulting in 32 deaths and 400 serious injuries according to Transport Scotland.
Pedestrian injuries caused by road traffic accidents can be particularly devastating. Even an accident where a vehicle is moving relatively slowly can still cause a range of serious injuries, including broken bones, fractures, head or spinal injuries. In most instances, seeking compensation after being struck by a vehicle is necessary due to the severe injuries suffered as a result of the crash.
To find out more on pedestrian accident claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in helping pedestrians involved in an accident, on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances.
Pedestrian Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered an injury whilst being a pedestrian, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details we will confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
The standard cut-off date for making a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately (i.e. the vehicle was used as a weapon), you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
Every case is completely different, and several factors influence how quickly your claim is settled. For example, the severity of injuries is a big aspect and also whether insurance details are available for the vehicle in question. Whiplash claims should settle within a few months but more serious injuries are likely to take much longer. When liability is in dispute, or the driver was uninsured, it will take much longer for your claim to settle.
The amount of compensation you’ll be able to claim for as a pedestrian in a road traffic accident can vary considerably. As a pedestrian, it is likely that your injuries will be more serious than if you had been a passenger inside a vehicle. The collision is likely to have caused you significant pain, discomfort and inconvenience.
When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot of higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work and even personal relationships. In such cases, the compensation received will support you throughout recovery and long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support and rehabilitation.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, the figures should be taken as a guide.
You can claim for compensation after an accident whether you were a pedestrian injured by another car, a motorbike or even a horse.
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident and you weren’t at fault you have a right to be compensated for:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earnings
- Any other expenses incurred due to the accident.
- You might even be able to claim if you were partially responsible for the road collision i.e. where there is a dispute over a pedestrian stepping out onto the road when it was unsafe to do so. However, in these cases, the compensation awarded will be lower in value, due to your involvement.