People traveling on foot are some of the most vulnerable of road users, and if a vehicle collides with a pedestrian the injuries are often life threatening. Any road traffic accident has the potential to cause serious injury but when an accident involves a pedestrian, especially a child, it can leave victims with long-term physical and psychological damage.
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If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another, then you may be able to make a successful injury claim. All road users whether it is a car, van, motorcycle or person traveling on foot have a 'duty of care' for one another. In essence this means that road users each have a legal responsibility to act safely at all times.
Below are some common causes of pedestrian accidents which we are able to help with:
Pedestrians may not always be blameless in a road accident as they too have a responsibility to act in a safe manner around traffic. The public should walk on the pavement, cross roads only when it's safe to do so, keep children under control and generally follow the green cross code.
However only in rare circumstances can vehicle drivers be found to be fully blameless in contributing to an accident (e.g. a pedestrian who is drunk etc.), as it is expected that whilst operating a vehicle drivers should always be aware and adapt to the risks around them.
Crossings are designated areas of the road where people walking have the priority right of way to cross. Whilst these dedicated crossings are designed to improve road safety for all of its users, unfortunately collisions and injuries do happen.
All road users are expected to understand the differences and functions of each road crossing however, below are quick explanations of how to both distinguish and correctly use some of the most popular types of crossing:
Zebra Crossings are normally identified as a black and white path on the road surface with beacons or poles at either end of the path. Pedestrians are given the priority right of way, and any oncoming vehicles must stop to let the walker cross safely.
Pelican Crossings are identified as two illuminated, coloured pictogram on poles at either end of the road controlled by a push button control panel. Pedestrians push a button and wait until the pictogram changes from red to green, indicating that the path is now safe to cross.
Walking to school is a great way to keep a child active, but children are considered to be a high risk age group of road users. Factors such as lack of road safety knowledge all play a part into the dangers which child pedestrians face and should be minimised where ever possible.
Rachel Brown, a lawyer and member of Spencers' road accident team, shared a number of useful steps in her blog The short school walk - keeping your child safe that can help make a child's experience as a pedestrian safer.
Children are considered to be the most at risk group of all road users, and if your child had been injured by a vehicle you will not doubt want to ensure they get the best medical treatment and compensation possible.
As a parent or guardian of an injured child the law permits you to make a compensation claim on their behalf. This can be immediately following the accident or at anytime up until the child becomes an adult at 18 years old. However we recommend gaining legal advice as soon as possible after an accident to ensure evidence can be obtained and compensation for treatment can be secured.
If you are now an adult and were hit by a car as a child but never sort legal advice or compensation, you may still be able to make a claim. To find out more please read our guide can I make a claim for injuries sustained as a child?
Our specialist teams will guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the support and compensation you deserve.
If you are worried about having to pay legal fees if you lose, don't be. On foot accident claims are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement.