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Pedestrian accident compensation claims

We know pedestrian accidents can often lead to life-changing injuries. If you've been injured in a car and pedestrian accident, we can help you.

Helping you make a pedestrian accident claim

We understand that being involved in a road accident as a pedestrian can come as a real shock – you’re walking down the street when all of a sudden an accident happens, which can leave you injured and have impacts on your mental health.

Automotive accidents involving pedestrians can be both very serious and traumatic. As some of the least protected road users, pedestrians are classed as being ‘vulnerable road users’, alongside cyclists and motorcyclists.

What is a pedestrian accident?

A pedestrian accident is a road traffic accident which involves a person on foot and a vehicle. We know that if you’ve suffered a pedestrian accident, it’s likely you’ve been left dependent on those around you, and you may be worried about your recovery.

It’s also common to feel pressure to get back to work as soon as possible to reduce lost earnings.

Whilst we can’t take away the pain and suffering you’ve had to endure, we can help you claim compensation to get justice for your accident and to take away some of the financial pressure.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian car accident like Martin, we’re here to help. The first step to making a compensation claim is finding out whether you have a claim. All you need to do is contact us for free on 844 550 0122, or fill in our simple online form to arrange a callback.

When you speak to us, our personal injury advisors will ask you some questions about your experience so they can get a clearer idea of what happened. They’ll then be able to let you know whether they think you can make a pedestrian car accident or hit and run accident claim.

If you give your permission, we can then pass you on to a specialist solicitor who can answer any remaining questions and guide you through the next steps.

Pedestrian Accident Injury Claim

There are various factors which can be cited as causes for a pedestrian car accident.

In road traffic accidents involving pedestrians, sometimes the driver of a vehicle is to blame, sometimes the pedestrian is at fault, and sometimes, both parties are at fault.

Remember that if your accident was not your fault, or partially not your fault, then we may be able to help you to make a claim.

Examples of situations where a driver may be to blame for a pedestrian accident include:

  • Driving too fast
  • Driving without paying attention
  • Driving while intoxicated, either through alcohol or drugs


The Department for Transport's report on pedestrian casualties gives several examples of situations where a pedestrian may be at fault for a pedestrian accident. These include:

  • Failing to look properly
  • Acting carelessly, recklessly or being in a hurry
  • Crossing the road masked by a stationary or parked vehicle
  • Wearing dark clothing at night

If you're involved in a car accident as a pedestrian, we understand that the experience can leave you injured and in shock. There are steps which you can take at the scene to ensure your own safety and to gather information which can help when putting together a claim. 

  • Firstly, if you are able to move, put yourself out of further danger by moving out of the road.
  • Call the police and ambulance service to report the accident and to seek treatment for any injuries you have suffered.
  • Exchange details with the driver/s involved in the crash - ask for their name, telephone number, driving licence details and which insurer they are with.
  • Take down the details of the vehicle/s involved in the crash - record the make and model of the vehicles and their registrations.
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident - including any damage to any vehicles involved.
  • If anyone witnessed the crash - for example, other pedestrians or drivers who have stopped at the scene - take down their names and phone numbers. They may be able to act as witnesses.

The easiest way to find out if you can make a claim for your pedestrian accident is to call us for free on 844 550 0122.

All calls with us are advisory and completely confidential, which means you'll never be pressured into making a claim. We simply want to give you the advice you want and need about claiming compensation.

We know you might not feel ready to talk about your accident yet. As a guideline, we generally advise that you could have a case if your accident:

  • Happened in the last three years
  • Was caused by somebody else either by accident or due to negligence
  • Caused you an injury

If your child has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we appreciate how difficult it must be to see them in pain or traumatised by their experience.

Just because your child is under 18 doesn't mean they can't receive compensation; we can help you to make a claim on their behalf.

We know how much of an impact a road traffic accident can have on a child's life and future, and the compensation you could receive may help to ensure they can get the ongoing help and support they need.

As a parent or guardian, it's likely you need to take time off work to look after your child, so although the priority is to get your child the compensation they need, it's likely you can also receive compensation to help to cover the financial impact on your own life.

In most instances, a hit and run accident involves one or more of the involved parties leaving the scene of the accident, therefore making it difficult to track them down to provide their own account of the events, as well as any evidence that may be required from them. 

This can be problematic when making a compensation claim, as most claims require there to be an ‘other side' to your case, for example an employer or organisation you're making an accident claim against.

Thankfully, with the help of our expert solicitors, you may still be able to make and pursue a hit-and-run accident claim if: 

  • You were involved in a hit-and-run accident 
  • The accident was the fault of an untraced driver
  • You suffered injuries as a result of the accident

The amount of pedestrian car accident compensation you receive is negotiated between your solicitor and the party who is responsible for your accident - in the case of a pedestrian car accident, this could be a driver of a car which hit you.

When your solicitor negotiates your compensation, they work to make sure the expenses and impacts of your accident are covered so you can start to get things back to how they were.

For example, if you've had to pay for everyday expenses such as travel, or have lost wages because of time off work, then you'll be compensated for this. The money you receive will also help to cover the impact on your social life and hobbies as well as the future effects of your injuries.

Because all accidents and their effects are different, it isn't possible to let you know exactly how much compensation you could receive until negotiations between your solicitor and the responsible party are underway.

But we do understand how important it is for you to have an idea of how much you could be able to claim. This is why we created our industry-leading compensation calculator, which can give you a guideline figure of how much your claim may be worth.


Suffering an injury or trauma from any type of accident that wasn't your fault can have a big impact on your life. 

While it cannot repair any damage done, hit and run accident compensation can help you overcome some of the suffering you've endured. For example, this could be by helping to cover any financial losses you may have incurred, as well as any additional costs, or by helping you receive the medical treatment you need. 

With hit and run accidents, the impact can be even greater, leaving you with a feeling of helplessness and injustice in addition to any physical or mental suffering. 

And even though it's likely that you won't be claiming against the party who caused your hit and run accident, as they may have fled the incident, a successful compensation claim can help assure you that you weren't at fault and provide some sense of justice.

When making a pedestrian accident claim, it is worth bearing in mind that your case may take some time to settle. The progress of your claim will be dependent on the details of your accident and injuries and any investigations required, as well as other variables such as the other side denying or disputing responsibility. 

In rare cases, some claims are settled in around three months. But this is unlikely, as this usually requires the other party to admit responsibility and liability early in the investigations.

While it is difficult to provide you with an accurate time frame for your claim, our panel solicitors will aim to give you some idea of the time it may take to settle your claim, and of course update you throughout the process.

As only around 5% of accident claims go to court, it is unlikely that you'll need to appear in court for your claim - great news if you're nervous about making a claim due the possibility of having to go to court. 

There is always a small chance of your case going to court, as not all claims are the same, but be assured that your solicitor will do all they can during their negotiations to avoid this. And, even if your case does go to court, you still may not be required to attend court yourself. 

Your solicitor will of course advise you of any court requirements and what you may need to do for them.

If you were hurt in an accident that wasn't your fault, yes you can. We work on a no win no fee basis on the vast majority of claims we handle, meaning that if we lose your claim, you'll have nothing to pay to us or anyone else. 

A no win no fee arrangement is the contract between you and the personal injury lawyer we appoint for you.

  • There are no upfront costs and no hidden charges
  • If you don't win your claim, you pay nothing to anyone
  • Your lawyer may need to arrange insurance for you to ensure claiming is risk free
  • You'll never be left out of pocket - that's our guarantee

Your solicitor will talk to you about no win no fee, our fixed fee structure and what we can do for you if we think you can't claim on a no win no fee basis at the start of your claim, so you've all the information you need to make a decision.

You can, depending on the circumstances surrounding their accident and the injuries suffered from it, make a claim on behalf of a loved one. 

For example, if a loved one has suffered a brain or head trauma from an accident, or has a pre-existing medical condition meaning they can't - in the opinion of a medical professional - make their own decisions, you can claim on their behalf. You can also claim for your loved one or child if they were injured in an accident and under the age of 18. 

As is the case with any claim, it is important to have as much detail of your loved one's accident and injuries when you speak with one of our solicitors. This information will help us investigate your claim and explain how it will work.

With many years' experience in pedestrian accident claims and hit-and-run compensation claims - plus a network of specialist personal injury solicitors - we can let you know whether you have a claim and can help you understand what the claims process involves.

As the most trusted and recommended personal injury specialists across US, we understand what you are going through and our team has the empathy and expertise to help. We know that an accident can leave you not only physically struggling, but can impact other parts of your life - from your finances to your mental health - and we want to help you make it right.

When success depends on your reputation and legal counsel, you need a lawyer you can trust.

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