In a recent case, our client, a pedestrian, was crushed between two moving vehicles. This caused serious damage to both knees – an incredibly painful and debilitating injury.
We successfully recovered £75,000 for our client.
We often take both public and personal transport so much for granted that we forget the severe accidents that can occur when people don’t pay attention on the roads. The injuries that occur when drivers do not fulfil their ‘duty of care’ to those on foot can be incredibly serious and sometimes life-threatening. Approximately 30,000 pedestrians are injured per year due to a collision with a driver – of which our client was one. The injuries they sustained due to a collision with two vehicles were not only exceptionally painful, but also placed a great strain on their lifestyle. Sustaining serious injuries to both knees prevented our client from working to their full capacity and the time it took to heal caused great emotional distress.
While there are many things that you as a pedestrian can do to prevent injuries such as these – for example staying on the pavement, wearing reflective clothing when walking at night and ensuring you are fully alert when crossing the road – the responsibility ultimately lies with the driver. Operating a dangerous and heavy vehicle, drivers must always be on red alert, and have a duty to prevent any unnecessary injury to those not on the roads. Accidents can be caused by driving too fast, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving or irresponsible driving. In these situations, a collision with a pedestrian is no fault of the person on foot.
Despite its severity, in many ways a road accident compensation claim is no different to any other personal injury claim. As a pedestrian, there are several things that you can do to ensure your case has the maximum success. Taking names and addresses of witnesses, taking photographs of the injury or scene of the accident, and retaining receipts from any drugs or medical treatment can all help your case. However, the best thing that you can do is hire an experienced and trusted personal injury lawyer.
If you have been injured on the road as a pedestrian, get in touch with Wrigley Claydon today. Call us on 161 785 3534 or use our contact form and we can review your case.
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