What should you do as a pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident?
As with all road traffic accidents, it should be reported to the police within 24 hours.
You should seek immediate medical attention if you have been injured in a road accident as a pedestrian. The majority of collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian will result in some form of injury to the pedestrian.
If you are able to do so, you should take the contact details (name, address and phone number) of the responsible driver(s) and also take a note of their vehicle registration plates. Your solicitor will need this information when you put in a compensation claim. It should be noted that you can still make a claim even without this information, especially in situations involving a hit and run.
Photos of your visible injuries can be useful when making a claim, but not required.
Why should you claim as a pedestrian of a road traffic accident?
Physical injuries from road accidents will always take time to heal and often require periods of rest and inactivity. Taking time off work can impact on your work pay and earnings as most workers are not paid in full for their absence. Even those who are paid may often lose overtime or other payments. The loss of earnings can greatly affect families where the victim is the sole breadwinner.
As long as you are not directly responsible for the accident, you can seek compensation for the injuries and losses that you have sustained. You can include in your claim for pedestrian accident compensation any loss of work earnings and expenses you may need or have incurred on the road to recovery.
Limitation period for claims from pedestrians of road traffic accidents
A limitation period is the maximum time allowed to bring a claim to the Courts after an event has occurred. The limitation period for road traffic accidents involving pedestrians is 3 years. Children pedestrians injured in road traffic accidents have until they turn 21 years of age to bring in a claim.
Do you have a valid claim?
As stated earlier, as long as you’re not directly responsible for the road accident itself then you may have a valid claim. Victims of hit and runs can also bring a claim even when the perpetrators have not been identified or caught by the police.
Scott Rees & Co is a Lancaster based solicitor that deals with road traffic accident claims across England and Wales. We are highly experienced and well versed with pedestrian accidents. As we work on a no win no fee basis, this means that we will only charge you for our service should you win your claim. With no initial fee for our service, and basically no risk with your no win no fee claim, why not call up or contact us using our online claim form to discuss your possible compensation claim?