Unfortunately there are many pedestrians injured every year, approximately 25,000 of which 1 in 5 are serious. A pedestrian is very vulnerable without any protection at all. Children and elderly people being more fragile, are even more exposed which can lead to severe injury. Typical examples of pedestrian accident claims are:
A pedestrian accident could be the fault of only the motorist. They have a duty to drive
with a certain amount of due care and attention. However they may be distracted at the time
by using a mobile phone whilst driving.
The negligence may lie with the pedestrian not paying careful attention to the road whilst listening to music on headphones and stepping into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Blame may be found by both parties involved. It may be that the driver or the pedestrian or both, failed to keep a proper lookout.
Negligence by the driver may be from driving too fast in a built up area. Not stopping when
required at pedestrian crossings. Jumping a red traffic light. Mounting the pavement and colliding with a person walking the street. A driver may be intoxicated by alchohol or under the influence of drugs.
For a pedestrian compensation claim to be successful it is necessary to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury. Winters are more dangerous as evening becomes darker earlier. Inadequate street lighting has been known to cause accidents as well as bad weather conditions such as fog or poor visibilty.
The extent of injury, the pain and suffering of the claimant will determine the level of
compensation awarded. A collision as a pedestrian with a vehicle can be traumatic, especially with children involved. This might have psychological as well as a physical impact requiring on going medical treatment.
Typical injuries include broken bones, back and neck injuries. In severe cases, head and brain injuries that may lead to paralysis and a lifetime of care. In the case of accidents involving uninsured, or hit and run drivers, a claim can be made via the MIB (Motor Insurance Bureau).