Out of all road traffic accidents that take place each day in the UK, Pedestrians are the most vulnerable. When involved in a road traffic accident, especially one that involves being hit by a car, a pedestrian will receive the full force of the impact, which often results in severe and often life-changing injury.
Figures released by the 'Department of Transport' reveal that in 2018, the number of pedestrians injured in road accidents topped 28,700+, of which 7,420 of these were killed or seriously injured (KSI’s) by road user types.
Almost a third of all pedestrian accidents in the UK comprise of children and young people. Children can be unaware of the dangers surrounding them near schools or playgrounds and parks. If they have not learned to cross roads safely and fully appreciate the speed of moving vehicles then, the vulnerability of the child can be tragically exposed.
How much Compensation Can you expect is injured as a Pedestrian?
More often than not it is difficult to estimate the final settlement of a Pedestrian accident compensation claim, at least at the very start of the claims process. Every case is different, and the final compensation value is largely proportional to the severity and scale of the injuries sustained.
In situations where extremely serious injuries have occured, it may be prudent to allow time to medical professionals to assess the scale of physical, and, or psychological injury.
Where serious and potentially life-changing injury is sustained, interim compensation payments can be arranged where liability is clear and without question. With all of this in mind, PSR Solicitors can assure you that we will be there to guide you and support you in every step of the way. Our most immediate concern will be to ensure access is made to the very best medical expertise and treatments to help promote the best recovery possible
Compensation awarded will be dependent on the injuries sustained and the level of severity and circumstances involved. PSR Solicitors are specialist personal injury solicitors and have a successful track record in settling a diverse range of pedestrian accident compensation claims.
The guide below provides provisional 'general' damages compensation values as set out in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). General damages are meant to compensate for general pain & suffering caused by the injuries sustained by the cyclist.
Compensation for Neck Injuries (Soft Tissue) following a Pedestrian Accident
Soft tissue injury with no lasting issues beyond 1 year following the accident
up to £3,800
Complete Recovery after a couple of years:
£3,800 - £7,000
Recovery taking longer than two years but with only Moderate effects
effects are moderate:
£7,000 - £12,000
Serious on-going problems with ongoing pain, or recurring pain, and surgery may be needed:
£12,000 - £22,000
Compensation for Back Injuries (Soft Tissue) following a Pedestrian Accident
Soft tissue injury with a full recovery within 3 months:
up to £2,150
Soft tissue injury with full recovery up to a year following the accident:
up to £3,800
Full recovery between one and two years:
£3,800 - £7,000
Where recovery takes more than two years but the on-going effects are moderate:
£6,900 - £11,000
Serious on-going problems with ongoing pain, or recurring pain. Surgery may be needed with the possibility of prolapsed discs:
£11,000 - £24,500
Compensation for Chest Injuries sustained in a Pedestrian Accident
Fractures of ribs causing pain for a few weeks only:
up to £3,500
Collapsed lungs with a full recovery:
£2,000 - £4,700
Compensation for Arm Injuries following Injury to a Pedestrian
Simple fracture of the forearm:
£5,800 - £17,000
More serious injury with significant disability and without full recovery:
£17,000 - £34,000
Compensation for Leg Injuries following Injury to a Pedestrian
Hairline fracture or non-complex break of bones in the lower leg with complete recovery:
up to £10,500
Simple fracture or break of the femur:
£8,000 - £12,500
More serious fracture or serious soft tissue injury, without full recovery:
£16,000 - £24,500
Compensation for Brain Injury following Serious Injury to a Pedestrian
Very serious brain damage
£245,000 - £350,000
£190,000 - £245,000
£37,000 - £190,000
Mild head injury (minimal brain damage)
£1,900 - £11,000
£9,000 - £130,000
Considerations that impact the value of Compensation paid when a Pedestrian is injured
- The severity of the pedestrian’s injury
- Time needed to make a recovery (on some instances the claimant may never fully recover)
- Changes in the state of both physical and mental ability
- Treatment and therapies required and costs already met, and future cost implications.
- The age of the claimant
- Requirements for an ongoing care-package
- Capacity for returning to work
There are many of different types of pedestrian accidents that occur on the UK’s roads, and every claim situation is almost unique in its own way. Examples of these are incidents where pedestrians are attempting to cross any type of road or a motorway. There can be accidents due to parking area imperfections and potholes, walkway obstructions, blind spots or poor road maintenance.
Not all pedestrian accidents, consequently, are caused due to the driver. It could be that you need to pursue a claim against the council if the roads in the area you had your accident were poorly maintained.
Common Causes of Injury to Pedestrians
- Hit and run driver incidents
- Reckless/careless drivers
- Drivers who flouted signals, traffic lights and pelican crossings
- Drivers using mobile phones, Satellite Navigation, radio, applying makeup or anything else that equates to not paying attention to the road
- Drunk drivers
- Drug Drivers
- The local government has poorly maintained roads and surfaces
- Negligence of the individual or group that is legally responsible for maintaining the roads, parking areas, or pavements where the accident has occurred is liable
What if the liable party is not caught?
There are ever increasing numbers of drivers on the roads with no insurance, with research from the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) showing that over 1.7 million drivers are uninsured, which is an alarming statistic.
The MIB is a group that was established in 1946 as a central fund to assure that members of the public who have been injured by an uninsured or untraceable driver is still eligible to claim compensation for their injuries.
No Win No Fee Pedestrian Accident Claims
At PSR Solicitors we operate a ”No Win No Fee” promise., meaning no upfront charges apply when you choose to proceed with PSR, and in the unlikely event a claim was ever found to be unsuccessful, you will not have to pay costs for any legal work already undertaken. This essentially allows you to pursue a claim without worrying about any impending financial loss whatsoever. Our specialist solicitors are ready to speak with you to discuss any enquiries with you in strict confidence. Call the Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at PSR today
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