Five things you should know about pedestrian road traffic accidents
Every year over 183,000 pedestrians are injured on our roads in the UK. Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users, and are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a road traffic accident than vehicle drivers. Children and young people are particularly at risk from collisions with cars and other vehicles. For victims and their families, the shock and trauma of a road traffic accident can have a devastating impact on their lives.
Here are five things you should know about road traffic accidents involving pedestrians:
Accidents involving pedestrians are often caused because the driver has failed to pay due care and attention and failed to see the pedestrian crossing the road, or has driven too fast and failed to brake adequately or take appropriate avoidance action.
Pedestrians sometimes feel they are at fault after an accident, but ultimately it is often the driver’s lack of attention or failure to act appropriately that has caused the accident.
If you or a family member has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Even if the pedestrian was not using the pedestrian crossing when the accident occurred, or if the pedestrian had been drinking, they may still be able to make a claim because the driver should have been paying attention to the road. (There may be a slight reduction in the compensation award but it should not stop a claim from being made).
There are many things pedestrians can do to improve their safety. For example, always use the footways or footpaths provided, and avoid being next to the kerb with your back to the traffic. If there’s no footway or footpath, keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see the approaching traffic. Above all, remember that just because you can see a vehicle does not mean that the driver has seen you. Bright clothing helps, as does reflective material on coats and bags.
If a pedestrian is struck or knocked down by a vehicle, and the driver of the vehicle leaves the scene without providing any details or turns out to be uninsured, they may still be able to make a claim for compensation. In these situations, it is important to contact an expert Personal Injury Solicitor for specialist help and advice.
At Novum Law we specialise in helping people who have been involved in serious accidents and can help them secure maximum financial compensation. We can also provide access to the best medical experts and care and support providers available to assist with your recovery.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a road traffic accident, Novum Law can help with your serious injury compensation claim on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis with no financial risk. Please call Darren O’Sullivan in confidence on: (01983) 216964 or email: [email protected]