Novum Law – Five things you should know about accidents involving pedestrians
It’s an unfortunate reality that thousands of pedestrians are injured in road traffic accidents every year. Often when there is an accident, the issue of ‘who is to blame?’ arises.
There is a growing trend in which pedestrians are being found partly to blame for accidents. This is known as ‘contributory negligence’. The important point to remember is that contributory negligence does not prevent you from bringing a claim.
Here are five things you should know about contributory negligence:
• Sharing the blame: Contributory negligence is the concept that both parties are at some fault for the accident. If a pedestrian is crossing the road and fails to look in both directions, the pedestrian can still bring a claim for compensation against the driver but they might receive a reduced amount because they contributed to their injuries.
• Assessing the damage: It is up to the judge to decide the outcome of each case. They will take into account not only how much each party is to blame for the accident but also the fact that a vehicle driver will have the potential to cause more damage than a pedestrian.
• Admission of liability: Even if the driver of the vehicle admits liability for the accident, the pedestrian’s contributory negligence will still be taken into account.
• Seeking compensation: The level of compensation is decided on a case by case basis. More often than not, a pedestrian will be able to recover some compensation from the driver of the vehicle.
• Getting help and support for injuries: Pedestrians often suffer life-changing injuries in accidents and require a lot of medical intervention and care and support. By claiming compensation, pedestrians can secure funds to pay for their treatment and rehabilitation.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident but aren’t sure whether or not you can make a claim for compensation, we are happy to discuss your case with you at our offices in the St. Cross Business Park in Newport.
Innovation Centre, St Cross Business Park, Monks Brook, Newport, Isle of Wight
Tel: (01983) 216 964