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As a pedestrian, you have little or no protection from injury if you have been involved in a road accident. Compared to someone travelling in a car, or even a motorcyclist, who will at least have the benefit of sturdy protective leathers and a helmet - those on foot are extremely vulnerable.
In 2011, for example, 453 pedestrians were killed in road accidents, a quarter of the total number of fatalities from road accidents that year. In addition, nearly 5,500 pedestrians received a serious injury in the same year as a result of a road accident.
For straightforward legal advice about making an accident claim if you, or a member of your family, has been injured in a road accident as a pedestrian, talk to our road accident solicitors. As a firm with a long history of successfully representing people who have sustained injuries through no fault of their own in road accidents, we know just what it takes to ensure you get the best possible result from any compensation claim you make following a road accident.
If you’ve been involved in a road accident as a pedestrian, your first and most important concern should be for your own safety.
Pedestrians involved in road accidents can be left with serious injuries. If you have suffered broken bones or other serious injuries, you may not be in a position to do anything other than wait for the emergency services to arrive. In a situation where your injuries aren’t as severe (if you are walking wounded), then you should head to the road side, whether that’s to the pavement or a motorway embankment.
Once you are safe, then you should contact the emergency services, if they haven’t already been called. If you feel you are able to, then you might want to help out anyone else injured in the accident until the professionals arrive.
For many people, their pedestrian accident claim will typically start after they have received medical treatment for their injuries. When you are ready you might want to consider contacting an independent personal injury solicitor for legal advice and to find out whether you may be able make an accident compensation claim against the person or people responsible for your accident.
At Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors, we have helped thousands of people injured in road accidents, whether as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or vehicle drivers and passengers to successfully claim compensation from those responsible. Our Solicitors have extensive experience handling claims ranging from thousands of pounds through to multi-million pound settlements in cases where a pedestrian has suffered permanent life-changing injuries.
To find out how our pedestrian accident claims team can help you, or a member of your family who was injured as a pedestrian in a non fault accident, call 0151 239 1180 today, or submit your details using our online enquiry form.