Pedestrians are nearly twice as likely as other road users to be seriously injured or killed when involved in an accident, which is a frightening statistic when you consider the thousands of road traffic incidents involving pedestrians that happen in the UK every year.
Without anything to protect you from the force of being hit by a vehicle at speed or trapped under a great weight, the damage suffered by pedestrians can be catastrophic with broken limbs, back and neck injuries, amputations and severe head and brain injuries all commonly seen.
Recovering from this type of accident can be extremely difficult, particularly where you are struggling to cope with crippling psychological issues as well as serious physical injuries. The challenge can be even greater where you are a relative trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Making a personal injury claim may not be top of your list of priorities as you work hard to get your life back on track, but it can be enormously helpful in the recovery process. Early discussions with the insurer of the driver at fault can often result in an offer to pay for treatment and rehabilitation services likely to improve your condition and to make a compensation payment for what you have been through.
Pedestrian Accident Claims:
Our personal injury lawyers can help you to make a pedestrian accident claim to recover compensation for:
- the pain and suffering you have been through;
- any lasting effects your injuries will have on the quality of your life going forward;
- any financial losses arising out of reduced earnings or pension payments;
- increased outgoings, for example as a result of having to take regular prescribed medicines;
- the cost of specialist equipment or home adaptions needed to help you get around; and
- the cost of providing you with any ongoing care you require.
We can also help to recover compensation for a fatal accident to ensure your loved one’s funeral costs are covered and that anyone who was financially dependent on them before they died is not left to fend for themselves. A payment can also be secured to acknowledge the hurt caused by your relative’s death and the lasting impact that this will have on you.
Where you feel it would help, we can put you in touch with support groups run by people who have experienced similar injuries to you or who have also been bereaved following some sort of accident. These groups include the Spinal Injuries Association, the brain injury association Headway, the Limbless Association, the road safety charity Brake and Grief Journey UK.
Personal Injury Compensation
A compensation claim may be possible in any case where injury or death has occurred following a pedestrian accident for which you or your loved one were not to blame. This includes accidents in which you or they were:
- hit by a car, lorry, bus, motorbike, cyclist or horse rider while crossing the road;
- crushed by a vehicle which has mounted the pavement;
- thrown or run over by a vehicle ignoring a red traffic light or failing to stop at a zebra crossing; or
- mowed down by a vehicle while in a public place, such as a local park or leisure facility.
Normally a compensation claim will be made against the insurer of the person who caused the accident. However, where you or your loved one were driven at deliberately in a criminal act it may also be possible to make a claim to the criminal injuries compensation scheme.
Step Legal Solicitors can make an injury claim on your behalf for any accident occurring in England and Wales, including those involving an uninsured, foreign or hit and run driver. We can also make a claim for injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident abroad while you were on a package holiday or staying in certain European countries.
We can handle claims for injuries of all severity, including serious injuries resulting in catastrophic spinal damage leading to paralysis, devastating brain injury, full or partial limb amputation, permanent scarring and post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. We can also deal with fatal accident claims.
Many of the road traffic accidents involving pedestrians that our solicitors deal with are brought on behalf of children who suffer a serious injury when they are hit while out playing, often by drivers who fail to stop.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life, with financial settlements varying from a few thousand pounds for minor injuries to tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds in more serious cases.
You normally have three years from the date of injury to make a claim but shorter or longer time limits will apply in some cases, such as where you are applying for compensation on behalf of a child or a deceased relative or under the criminal injuries compensation scheme. You should seek legal advice as soon as possible to avoid the risk of the time limit expiring.
Why choose Step Legal Solicitors?
Our lawyers are accident claims specialists who have been helping pedestrians injured through no fault of their own as a result of someone else’s negligent driving for years.
- securing £15,000 for a lady who suffered an injury to her knee when she was hit by a car while using a zebra crossing; and
- recovering £90,000 for a gentleman who suffered multiple fractures after being run over by a car while crossing the road.
Our services are rated highly by clients, as evidenced by the many positive client testimonials we have received and the number of people who come to us based on the personal recommendation of someone who has already been through the claims process with us, perhaps having previously been turned away by other solicitors.
One of the reasons we are able to achieve such good settlement amounts is because we truly are personal injury experts, a fact evidenced by our membership of The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Calling us to find out whether a claim might be possible will not cost you a penny as we offer a free initial consultation. Beyond this, most cases we take on can be dealt with under a no win, no fee arrangement which means that there will be no financial risk to you because there will be no charge for our services if your claim is unsuccessful and any costs you might otherwise have to pay to your opponent will be covered by insurance. More information can be found in our costs information factsheet.
We are centrally located in the town of Crewe, about a 10 minute walk from the mainline train station. Our offices benefit from a carpark to the rear, step-free access to the main reception area and a level walkway to a ground floor meeting room.
Home visits are available upon request throughout Cheshire and Staffordshire, including for those living in Northwich, Nantwich, Macclesfield, Sandbach and Stoke-on-Trent.
If you are Polish and looking to make a claim you may be relieved to know that we employ a Polish paralegal who is able to provide interpretation and translation services.
We understand that you are likely to have a lot of questions about the personal injury claims process, many of which will be specific to your case. Our lawyers in Crewe will happily answer these for you but in the meantime you might find it useful to look at the answers to some of the questions we most often get asked by clinking on the links below.
- When can I make a personal injury claim?
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- How much compensation am I likely to receive?
- Can you help with medical treatment and rehabilitation?
- Will you look at my case, even if I have been turned away by another lawyer?
- What is the process for making a claim?
- Will I have to go to court?
- How much will it cost me to make a claim?
- How quickly will my claim be dealt with?
- Is there a time limit for making a claim?
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