Pedestrian Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident where someone else was wholly or partly to blame, you may be owed compensation.

Pedestrians can be vulnerable when out and about, relying on the care and attention of vehicle drivers, cyclists and other pedestrians to keep them safe.

If you have been injured while using the UK’s roads, whether on the pavement, while crossing the road or waiting for public transport, you may be facing devastating life changes as well as the pain and suffering of the accident itself. Whether your injuries are temporary or permanent, you may have had to take time off work or even quit your job, you may have difficulties going about your normal day-to-day routine, and you may be unable to take part in activities you once enjoyed.

Having an accident on the road can also be extremely traumatic. It is common for people to experience mental health difficulties, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression as a result of an injury.

If you were injured as a pedestrian, and the injury was partly or wholly someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to pedestrian accident compensation. As a result of making a claim, you could secure all the compensation you need to support your recovery and restore your quality of life.

Get expert help to make a pedestrian accident claim

WSP Solicitors’ expert Personal Injury Claims team are highly experienced in pursuing pedestrian injury claims for a wide range of clients. We can help you find out if you may be owed compensation, then take decisive action to get you the money you are owed.

Your claim will be run by one of our qualified pedestrian personal injury lawyers, Demelza Pallant, Lisa Walton or John Davies. They each have over 10 years’ experience in the industry, so you are guaranteed to get someone working for you who is qualified and able to provide you with the very best legal advice.

We have a strong track record of success, regularly securing substantial pedestrian accident compensation for our clients. With accreditation from APIL – The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you can be assured we have the expertise to handle your claim effectively.

Take advantage of our no win no fee pedestrian accident claim funding

We offer no win, no fee funding for pedestrian injury claims, so there is no upfront cost or financial risk to you when pursuing a claim with WSP Solicitors.

Alternative funding options, such as legal expenses insurance may also be available depending on your situation.

Find out more about funding your personal injury claim.

Have a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident solicitors

We know that the thought of taking legal action can be intimidating and confusing, especially when dealing with the consequences of an injury. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation with our team, so you can ask any questions you have and find out if you may be able to claim before deciding whether to take action.

Request a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers using our simple enquiry form.

Looking for a quick answer to a pedestrian accident and injury question?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Confused by any terminology you’ve heard? Check out our guide to personal injury claims jargon for clear explanations of all the key terms.

Book your free consultation with our expert pedestrian injury solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Types of pedestrian accident claims we can assist with

Our expert pedestrian injury lawyers can advise on all types of pedestrian injury compensation claims, including:

  • Collisions with cars and other road vehicles
  • Collisions with bicycles
  • Collisions with motorbikes
  • Accidents with other pedestrians
  • Pedestrian accidents involving horses
  • Pedestrian accidents on zebra and pelican crossings
  • Hit and run pedestrian injury claims
  • Child pedestrian accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents involving stationary vehicles
  • Pedestrian accidents in poor weather, such as ice, snow or heavy rain
  • Pedestrian accidents involving uninsured drivers
  • Pedestrian accidents involving drunk drivers
  • Fatal pedestrian accidents

To find out more about our specific expertise in the type of claim you need assistance with, please get in touch.

How pedestrian accident claims work

Finding out if you are owed pedestrian accident compensation

The first thing to do is to work out whether you may be owed compensation for a pedestrian accident. Our team will cover this in your free initial consultation, so you can make a confident decision about moving forwards.

Generally, we will need to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the responsible party. For example, road users typically have a duty to drive with due care and attention and not injure other road users.
  • They failed in this duty, leading to your injuries.
  • The accidents and resulting injuries were reasonably foreseeable.

We can talk you through whether your accident is likely to qualify for compensation, then take care of gathering all the evidence needed to prove your claim.

Gathering evidence in support of your pedestrian injury claim

The next step is to start gathering evidence to support your case. Types of evidence we will typically rely on include:

  • Your account of what happened
  • Witness testimony
  • Expert evidence, such as evidence from medical professionals on the extent of your injuries
  • Records of any police reports on the incident
  • CCTV footage, photographs of the scene of the accident and other documentary evidence

Our pedestrian accident lawyers will ensure that all the evidence is brought together and presented effectively, leaving no stone unturned or a single detail left unchecked. So, you can be confident that your claim will be as strong as possible.

Working out how much pedestrian accident compensation you can claim

You will of course want to know just how much compensation you can claim for your pedestrian accident. Assessing what level of damages you can get is called ‘assessing quantum of damages’ or ‘assessing quantum’.

The exact amount of compensation you can claim will depend on how bad your injuries are and how they affect your life (both financially and non-financially). These damages fall into two main categories:

General damages – For non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, losing the ability to carry out normal activities (known as ‘loss of amenity’) and reduced quality of life.

Special damages – For specific financial losses, such as medical fees, rehabilitation costs, care fees, lost income and reduced future earning capacity.

For more information on what you can claim for a pedestrian accident, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Seeking an out-of-court settlement for your pedestrian personal injury claim

The vast majority of pedestrian accident claims are settled out of court. For example, where a car was involved and the driver was clearly at fault, the insurance company may approach us straight away with offers of settlement.

This can allow us to obtain your compensation faster and with lower legal costs. However, we still always seek to get you the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Settling out of court also makes the process much less stressful by removing the uncertainty of the outcome as well as saving you the trouble of having to attend court hearings.

Taking a pedestrian accident claim to court

It is not always possible to achieve an out-of-court settlement, for example, if the responsible party does not want to accept liability or they do accept liability but you cannot agree on the final compensation amount.

If this happens, we can help you make a pedestrian accident compensation claim in court to give you the best possible chance of maximising your recovery. We will provide clear, honest advice about exactly what making a claim entails as well as conducting your claim and supporting you through the entire process.

Common questions about pedestrian injury claims

Is there a time limit for pedestrian injury claims?

Yes. The standard time limit to start your claim is three years from the date of the pedestrian accident. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, including:

  • If you only realised you were injured or that the other party was to blame later on – in this case, the time limit is three years from the date you realised or reasonably could have realised.
  • If you are making a claim on behalf of a child – you can start the claim at any point up until their 18th birthday
  • You were a child when the accident occurred – you have three years from your 18th birthday to start a claim.
  • You are making a claim on behalf of a person who died in a pedestrian accident – the time limit is three years from the date of their death.

For a more in-depth explanation of personal injury claim time limits and the various exceptions, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Can I claim pedestrian accident compensation for an accident that was partly my fault?

Yes, so long as someone else was partly to blame for your injuries, you should be able to make a claim. For example, if someone steps out into the road without looking, but the driver was speeding so much that there was no chance they could have stopped (and they would likely have been able to avoid the accident if they had not been speeding), then the injured person could still claim compensation.

However, the amount of compensation you receive will usually be lower to reflect how much responsibility you have for the accident. For example, if you are 25% responsible for the accident, you could claim 75% of the compensation you would have been entitled to.

For a more in-depth explanation of claiming compensation where you were partially at fault, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

How long does a pedestrian injury claim take?

How long your pedestrian accident compensation claim takes will depend on many factors. Generally, if your claim can be settled out of court then things move much faster. However, a claim can take anywhere between a few months to a few years to resolve, but we will always work proactively to progress your case as swiftly as possible.

If you need funds straight away, for example, to cover medical expenses, it may be possible to secure interim payments (so long as the other side accepts liability for your injuries).

Can I get compensation for someone who died in a pedestrian accident?

Unfortunately, many pedestrian accidents end up being fatal. If this is the case, it is possible to make a claim in two ways:

  • A claim on behalf of the deceased person’s estate for things like funeral costs and compensation for the deceased person’s pain and suffering.
  • A claim on behalf of the deceased person’s dependents.

For more information, visit our Fatal Accident & Injury Claims page.

Will claiming pedestrian accident compensation affect my means-tested benefits?

Claiming pedestrian accident compensation could affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits due to the change in your financial circumstances. However, we can usually work around this by placing your compensation into a personal injury trust which ring fences your money, meaning it will not be taken into account during means-testing.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Book your free consultation with our expert pedestrian injury claim solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.


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