Pedestrian Hit By Car Claims
If you have been hit by a car and suffered an injury on the road or pavement in an accident that was not your fault, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. Injuries pedestrians may sustain can vary from very minor to more serious conditions that can have a lasting impact on those involved. Examples of injuries suffered as a result of pedestrians being hit by a car include cuts and bruises, broken bones and fractures, head injury, and back and spinal injury
Regardless of how you have been injured, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then you can make a claim. Not only are we able to provide the legal advice you need to recover compensation for your injuries after being hit by a car, we will also work to ensure you receive the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries as soon as possible.
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How JMW Can Help
Our lawyers have helped many individuals who’ve been hit by a car and injured as the result of a driver’s negligent actions, and are able to help you if you’ve suffered an injury under such circumstances. We have also helped pedestrians who have been injured on roads and pavements, outside of being hit by a car or other vehicle.
Many of our clients have found themselves injured if pavements and roads are not in a suitable condition, a situation that many individuals may encounter. For example, you may have fallen over a pothole or tripped over a loose pavement tile or uneven kerbstone. It is the local council’s responsibility to ensure streets are maintained to an appropriate standard. If an accident happens and it can be proven that the local authority has failed its duty, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
With years of experience helping clients recover compensation after being hit by a car or tripping or falling, we know how to structure a case to give you the best possible chance of success. We will build a robust case on your behalf, whether your injury arose as the result of a vehicle driver’s actions, or negligence on the part of a local authority. Read about the cases we have handled previous here.
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What to Do Following an Accident
Should you be in an accident involving being hit by a car or other vehicle, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your claim is as strong as it possibly can be. First and foremost, ensure you are removed from any immediate danger and, if your injuries are serious, then you should seek medical attention immediately. If it is safe to do so and you are able to move around easily then you should:
- Make a note of the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses to the accident.
- Photograph the scene of the accident if you have a smartphone or camera to hand.
- Get in touch with the police as soon as possible after the accident so you are able to make an official record of the accident.
Uninsured and Untraced Drivers
If you’ve been injured in a car accident where the driver drove away, you can still claim compensation as long as the claim is submitted within three years of the accident. The process will be different if you don’t have the driver’s details because they fled the scene, or if the driver involved in the incident doesn’t have insurance, but our solicitors are very experienced in pursuing these claims on a client’s behalf and will ensure you still get the maximum possible compensation.
In cases where the driver is uninsured or untraced, a claim can be made through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), which is a government organisation that uses drivers’ insurance premiums to pay compensation to victims of road traffic accidents. Drivers who drove off after an accident are called untraced drivers and represent one of several areas the MIB covers.
If you have been seriously injured, the MIB can offer treatment or rehabilitation as well as compensation. Our solicitors are well-versed in dealing with the MIB through their years of experience representing clients after accidents where drivers drove off or did not have appropriate insurance.
While the MIB needs as much information as possible about the incident to process your claim, you should not delay making a claim because you are collecting information. Instead, you should pursue your claim as soon as possible to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive in a Pedestrian Hit by Car Claim?
The compensation you will receive in a successful pedestrian hit by car claim will depend heavily on the circumstances of the accident and the injuries you sustained. There is a range of injuries that can result from a collision between a car and a pedestrian, from minor fractures to serious injuries to the head, neck and chest, and the seriousness of the injury - along with any recovery time - will usually be taken into account when deciding how much compensation you will receive.
The figures below provide a rough idea of how much you could receive for a pedestrian hit by car claim, based on the Judicial College Injury Tables. For a more accurate calculation of how much compensation you could be entitled to, based on your own circumstances, contact JMW today.
|Minor to moderate brain damage||£12,210 - £174,620|
|Minor to moderate knee injury||£13,000 - £38,000|
|Loss of one leg below the knee||£83,550 - £109,570|
|Loss of both legs below the knee||£160,600 - £215,310|
|Hip and pelvis injury||£3,150 - £104,370|
|Minor to serious arm injury||£5,280 - £47,720|
|Loss of one arm below the elbow||£76,650 - £87,410|
|Shoulder injury||£6,290 - £15,300|
Talk to Us
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian hit by a car and your injuries were caused by somebody else’s negligence, get in touch with our expert solicitors today to discuss your claim. You can either call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time to contact you.