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Claiming pedestrian injury compensation can be daunting

It is particularly shocking when you’re simply walking along the pavement or crossing the road and you get hit by a car or motorbike. Unfortunately, the risk of significant injury is high for any pedestrian struck by a vehicle because of their physical exposure and the absence of any protective gear.
Usually, these incidents happen because the driver was careless, in which case it’s only fair that they should be held responsible.

If you were hit by a car that mounted the pavement, or a vehicle that failed to stop at a zebra crossing or a speeding car while you crossed the road – call us as soon as you can on 0800 0511 511 for guidance around making a claim.

In 2019, 1,743 pedestrians were reportedly injured or killed on Britain’s roads; and you might be interested to know that there were far more male pedestrians than females involved.

Pedestrian accidents are mostly caused by drivers driving too fast or without paying attention, or driving while over the alcohol limit, meaning that their driving was impaired. These types of driving are unacceptable and if anyone is injured as a direct result, whether or not they are a pedestrian, the driver must be held responsible.

We know that the thought of claiming pedestrian injury compensation can be daunting – especially if you are still suffering from your injuries and, possibly, the psychological trauma of the accident. We understand how difficult this is, but our sympathetic and experienced advisors will talk you through the circumstances and help you make the first steps in your claim for compensation.

Your solicitor will take on your claim on a no win no fee basis. This means there is absolutely no financial risk to you – so if your claim does not succeed you won’t have to pay out anything.  If you win, your legal fees will be a percentage of the compensation you win (but never any more than 25%). Your solicitor will explain how this works in practice.
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Can I claim as a pedestrian?

Yes, pedestrians have every right to claim injury compensation if they are injured on the road and the accident was someone else’s fault. In fact, pedestrians are classed as vulnerable road users – and rightly so, because they are often in close proximity to vehicles, motorbikes and other road users.

All drivers have a duty of care towards other road users, and thisincludes pedestrians. So if the driver was driving to a poor standard and you were injured as a result, you will have a very good pedestrian injury claim.

The fact is, no-one expects to walk from one place to another, or go out for their daily dog walk or simply go for a stroll to the corner shop and be injured by a motor vehicle. However, there is a very real risk of pedestrians, especially children and the elderly, stepping unexpectedly into the road. There’s also the risk of drivers not concentrating and failing to stop at a zebra crossing or of turning corners too fast and mounting the pavement and clipping or hitting a pedestrian.
Pedestrians therefore have an additional level of protection under the Highway Code from the risk of injury on the roads. The Code requires drivers to drive with the safety of children in mind at a speed suitable for the conditions. They must also drive carefully and slowly, for instance, in crowded residential areas and shopping streets; when driving past bus stops, ice cream vans, when reversing and when on rural or narrow roads where there is more likely to be pedestrians.If sufficient care was not taken and you were hit by a car or other vehicle and you have been injured, you can make an injury claim. The police may well have attended the accident, in which casethe police incident report will be really important evidence in your claim. And if the driver is charged with an offence (even more so if they are then convicted), this will be even stronger evidence to help your claim.
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100% No Win No Fee
Nothing to pay if you lose

Our panel of solicitors offer a no win, no fee service. This simply means that if you don’t win your claim, there will be no cost to you.

Customers typically pay a success fee of 25% of the compensation awarded to cover legal costs. This may vary, but will always be agreed with your solicitors upfront.

If you would like to know more about your available options, we’re here to help. It’s free to talk to us – and there’s no pressure to start a claim.

What we will do for you

We understand how distressing an accident can be if you were simply a pedestrian. We know your injuries may have beenparticularly serious because of how exposed and unprotected a pedestrian is compared to a vehicle driver or passenger.

But whatever the nature and extent of your injuries, if they were caused by someone else you deserve compensating, for the simple reason that road accidents involving pedestrians should not happen.

Thankfully, your compensation will reflect the full nature and extent of your injuries and suffering to ensure you receive a fair amount of compensation. To get started on your claim, you just need to give us a call on 0800 0511 511. When we speak with you, our friendly advisers will take a few details about how you were hit, the injuries you have suffered and the impact on your life.

They will then help you access free specialist legal advice from experienced injury lawyers, who will give you a clear picture of how your claim can then proceed.

Your solicitor will always work towards settling your claim as soon as possible to enable you to get on with your life.We know compensation cannot repair the physical damage done to you, but it can help you on the road to recovery and ease the financial burden if you need to take time off work to recover.
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What compensation can I claim?

Personal Injury Compensation

Loss of earnings

Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs

Travel expenses

If you were a pedestrian and were injured in a road accident, you can claim for your actual injuries. The money you receive for the injuries themselves are called ‘general damages’ and your solicitor will aim to recover the maximum amount that properly reflects the extent of your injuries.

You can also claim for any accident-related financial losses (‘special damages’), such as:

What if the accident was a ‘hit and run’?

Unfortunately, ‘hit and run’ accidents involving pedestrians can happen but this should not prevent you from making your claim.

If the driver is known (or eventually traced) and it turns out they were not insured, you need not worry because you can still make a claim. The law recognises that pedestrians who are injured in such circumstances should not be penalised for criminal behaviour such as driving without insurance or failing to stop at the scene of an accident.


So, you can still make an injury claim and this will be made to an organisation called the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) (your solicitor will be able to do this for you). However, it is an MIB requirement that the police have been informed of the accident, so if you are the victim of a ‘hit and run’, you must notify the police as soon as you can to get it on record.

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What should I do now?

It is important to get in touch with our advisors now while the accident is fresh in your mind. The sooner you call us, the quicker we can partner you with the right specialist lawyer and your claim going.

You can count on our support from the outset. Our aim is to make the compensation process simple and straightforward for you, removing the stress as much as we can.

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