Can I make a claim if I was a pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident?

When considering road traffic accidents, the focus, quite naturally, tends to fall upon people driving cars and riding motorbikes or their passengers. Ask the average person to think about a car accident and they’ll envisage two cars coming together. Often, however, the people most likely to be injured as a result of a road traffic accident are pedestrians. Government figures, which can be found at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120926002851/http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ras30002/ show that, in the latest year for which figures are available, 26,198 pedestrians were injured to some degree following road traffic accidents. In some cases, this would have been the fault of the pedestrian concerned, but in many it would have been due to the negligence of another person.

Another factor to bear in mind when considering the travails of pedestrians is that in the event of an accident they lack the protection afforded to drivers by the bodywork of the car and factors such as seatbelts, crumple zones and airbags. Bearing this in mind, there’s a greater possibility that if you are a pedestrian injured in a car accident, then your injuries will have a larger impact upon your life.

If you’re injured in a road traffic accident which was caused by the negligence of another person then you have every right to seek compensation. The injuries you suffer will probably lead to you having to take time off work and may even affect your earning potential in the future. On top of this, you may have to pay for medical treatment or particular types of help. A Claims4Free injury solicitor will build a case aimed at demonstrating you weren’t to blame for your injuries and therefore deserve compensation. On top of this, they will pull together the expenses you’ve incurred in the hope of gaining a payment which will help to put you back on your feet again.

 

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