Pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable road user groups. This is because they are not protected by a vehicle body in the same way as an occupant of a car and are often more difficult for other drivers to see on the road. The Department of Transport statistics show that a total of 448 pedestrians were killed in reported road traffic accidents in 2016 in the UK. The number of injured casualties was 17,962 with 5,140 seriously injured.
“On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and
injured every 8 minutes in road traffic crashes”
Road traffic accidents involving pedestrians are very common and can often result in serious and life changing injuries.
There is danger for pedestrians from vehicles mounting the pavement, failing to stop at a crossing or giving way to a pedestrian crossing the road, which are usually the result of negligent driving such as speeding.
The Highway Code states that “If you have started crossing and traffic wants to turn into
the road, you have priority and they should give way”
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a pedestrian we recommend that you speak to a specialist Solicitor to assist you with the claims process and ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
A claim may involve compensation for your injuries (both physical and psychological), time off work, property damage and/or care and assistance. A Solicitor can also help you seek private medical treatment such as physiotherapy to assist in your recovery.
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