I was injured as a pedestrian, can I claim?
Pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable road users, and the least protected.
If you have been injured by a driver in the last 3 years and wish to explore the prospects of making a claim, we offer expert specialist legal advice and are happy to speak with you to discuss the facts surrounding the accident and advise whether your claim may be successful.
How much could my claim be worth?
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Most common injuries suffered by pedestrians
The most common injuries we see are:
- Broken bones such as wrists, arms and legs
- Neck and back injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Psychological injuries
- Facial injuries, including dental injuries
- Fatal injuries
What sets Oliver & Co apart?
- We pride ourselves on communication and getting to the heart of the matter
- We take all steps necessary to get you back to your usual self with a focus on early privately funded rehabilitation (treatment)
- We have a dual qualified doctor and lawyer on our team
- We can arrange home visits if required
Our reviews say it all. There is no better endorsement than client recommendation and we are proud to be rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot, and we are a Legal 500 firm.
What can I claim compensation for?
You can claim for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by the accident and your reasonable financial losses incurred or that may be incurred in the future.
Compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (known as ‘General damages’)
We value compensation based upon independent medical expert reports, often from experts in a number of different disciplines. We use the up-to-date version of the Judicial College Guidelines and case law to value your claim.
Compensation for out-of-pocket expenses (known as ‘Special damages’)
- Damaged clothing
- Private rehabilitation, arranged by you or us
- Loss of earnings, past or future
- Care and assistance, past or future
- Modifications, equipment or relocation costs
- Additional commuting costs
- Cost of travel to medical appointments
- Any other additional financial losses that you may have occurred as a result of your accident
We recovered £2.3 million for a client hit by a car
We recovered over £2.3 million for a client hit by a car reversing from a driveway. This resulted in our client losing their leg above the knee. We recovered compensation for the cost of state-of-the-art prosthetics, modification to their home, including stair lifts, additional cost for holidays, equipment and care & assistance.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents
If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence then you may have a claim. Common circumstances include:
- Drivers reversing without looking
- Drivers pulling into side roads whilst pedestrians are crossing the road
- Drivers mounting pavements
- Drunk driving
- Drivers failing to notice a pedestrian on a crossing
New Highway Code rules for pedestrians
As of March 2022, The Highway Code was updated to create a hierarchy of vulnerability for road users, and pedestrians are at the top of this hierarchy, classed as the most vulnerable of all. This means that under the rules of The Highway Code, drivers must take pedestrian’s safety into account at all times. This also means that pedestrians are given right of way at all times. In a situation such as that listed above, if a driver wishes to turn into a side road, they must be extra vigilant to check for pedestrians, and must always give way to pedestrians who are crossing and wait before turning.
What to do following an accident
Pedestrians are often seriously injured in accidents involving a car or other vehicle. The most important priority is for the safety of the pedestrian to ensure that medical attention is immediately provided. If however, you are able to do so you should:
- Obtain the name, address and telephone number of the driver of the vehicle that collided with you
- Take photographs of the registration of the Defendant’s vehicle
- See if there are any witnesses to the accident, and if so take their name, address, email and telephone number
- Report the matter to the police
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