Pedestrian Accident Claims Solicitors Manchester
The Pedestrain Accident Solicitors at SDS specialise in Pedestrian Accident Claims. We are a leading Pedestrain Accident Law Firm.
Our team of expert Pedestrain Accident Solicitors will be able to tell you quickly, and with certainty, whether you have a solid case for compensation and whether there is a high likelihood of success.
When traveling in a car, on a motorbike, or even a pushbike we protect ourselves against the risk of injury. We use seatbelts, helmets, cushioned pads for knees and elbows for example.
As pedestrians we are exposed to similar risks, but with none of the same protection.
If a pedestrian is hit by a car, or other vehicle, it can cause very serious injuries and even death. The spine, head, and neck often hit the ground, or the exterior of the car with great force and completely unprotected.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian and you believe the accident was caused by someone else’s carelessness you may be entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation.
The first step is to call us for a free, initial consultation so we can hear the circumstances of the accident.
We have many years of experience pursuing claims for pedestrians injured by negligent road users and our track record of success speaks for itself. In dealing with Sheldon Davidson you will also find that we are considerate of the suffering, stress, and trauma you and your loved ones are going through, as a result of the accident and the injuries sustained.
We keep this top of mind in all our dealings with clients and strive to ensure that, what can often be a cold and clinical process, is as painless and stress-free for you as possible.
The Pedestrain Accident Solicitors at SDS are experts in Pedestrain Accident Claims.
So, call us today and experience our warm and compassionate approach for yourself.
Common injuries suffered by pedestrians involved in Road Traffic Accidents.
Pedestrian Accidents can range in severity from minor injuries like cuts, bruises and scrapes, to very serious head and spine injuries and in the worst case even death.
Figures published by The House of Commons for 2016 report that there were 181,384 accident casualties recorded on Britain’s roads. Of these, 448 pedestrians were fatally injured. This is a shockingly high number, which provides some insight into the real risk that exists for pedestrians.
If we consider the normal speed limit on Britain’s roads is 30mph and the odds of survival if hit by a car traveling at that speed, it is easier to understand why pedestrians can be so seriously and even fatally injured.
Survival rates when struck by a vehicle traveling at speed are as follows:
- At 20mph 95% chance of survival
- At 30mph 55% chance of survival
- At 40mph 5% chance of survival
From these statistics, it is easy to see why a motorist traveling even slightly over the 30mph speed limit could cause life changing injuries and even death in a collision with a pedestrian.
Common injuries suffered by pedestrians involved in Road Traffic Accidents include:
- Minor cuts and bruises
- Deep lacerations resulting in heavy blood loss
- Broken bones
- Serious head, brain and spine injuries
- Emotional Trauma
Clearly, to sustain any of the above types of injury, or to see a loved one suffer as a result of someone else’s carelessness is extremely unfortunate and distressing and if this applies to you, you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation.
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, we believe strongly in justice. We will fight your corner all the way to get you the compensation you deserve.
The main causes of Pedestrian Accidents.
When driving a vehicle, the driver is legally required to apply due care and attention to the road, so as to minimise the risk of an accident. Unfortunately, some drivers do not always apply the necessary level of attention and accidents do occur as a result of driver negligence.
Some of the ways drivers can be deemed guilty of negligence include:
- Distracted Driving i.e. using mobile phone whilst driving
- Failing to yield to pedestrians
- Driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit
- Disobeying traffic signs
- Disregarding bad weather conditions
Evidence to support your Pedestrian Accident Claim.
Obviously to be able to pursue a claim for injury compensation there has to be a party to blame. In the case of a pedestrian accident, where the injured party has been hit by a negligent driver, the onus is on the claiming party to prove that the driver was in fact negligent.
The types of evidence which can be submitted to support such a claim include:
- Photographic Evidence of the accident scene
- CCTV of the scene leading up to and including the accident
- Mobile phone records of the driver
- Witness testimony of anyone who witnessed what happened
A good road traffic accident claims solicitor can make all the difference in securing the right evidence to support a claim of driver negligence.
At Sheldon Davidson we have experts with vast experience of this type of claim, who can ensure your case is as solid as possible. Once we have a watertight case that proves driver negligence we will work together with you to value the claim.
In valuing the claim, we would look to consider all aspects of life that have been impacted by the accident, from the mental pain and anguish suffered, through to actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred.
As a guide, items we would look to consider would include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical treatment costs
- On-going care costs
- Adaptations to home and transport
- Psychological care costs
- Travelling expenses
A word of caution about Pedestrian Accident Claims.
In some cases, if the driver was undoubtedly at fault and there is no case of liability to be argued it is not uncommon for their insurance company to approach the injured party with an out of court settlement.
Obviously it is the Insurance Company that would eventually be forced to pay any financial compensation awarded by the court and so an out of court settlement is often used to entice people into foregoing a court case.
As specialist injury solicitors, we strongly advise against accepting any such offer as we believe we can secure you a much larger sum through the court. Talk to one of our Pedestrian Injury Solicitors today for advice on your specific case.
If you’ve been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, and you wish to claim compensation, you normally have 3 years from the date of the accident to start the claims process.
If your opponent admits liability for your injuries, it is sometimes possible to get access to an advanced payment, known as an ‘interim payment’ to ensure your needs are being met immediately.
Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident
The amount of compensation awarded in a pedestrian accident claim depends on the nature and severity of the injuries and extent of other damages you have suffered.
Settlements for head injuries for example range from £1,675 for a minor injury to £214,350 for a severe injury leading to brain damage.
By way of comparison, compensation payouts an injury to the hand injuries range from £700 to £47,050.
These figures are taken from the Judical College guidelines for injuries of this type, and do not take into account all of the factors that will be considered when assessing the level of compensation that should be awarded in your case.
Other factors beyond the pain and suffering caused by the physical injuries you have sustained will also be examined to determine the full scale of the impact on your life.
- Have you lost earnings as a result of the accident?
- Will you need ongoing professional care?
- Have you incurred any ‘out of pocket’ expenses that should be reimbursed?
- Are there any mental or psychological impacts?
Your Pedestrian Accident Claims Solicitors will ensure that every aspect of your accident has been fully documented and that the full extent of the law is used to build an accurate and complete representation of the events, the short term impacts and the future.
Contact A Pedestrain Injury Lawyer Today.
We are passionate about helping clients to seek appropriate justice and recompense, and our track record speaks for itself. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are sadly among the most frequent of road accidents we deal with, accounting for over a quarter of fatalities on the road.
Our experienced RTA Injury Claim Lawyers act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service.
With Sheldon Davidson Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester, you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.
Call us for free now using the number at the top of the page or complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.