People walking or crossing the roads are always most vulnerable to accidents. Despite the fact that authorities have put strict rules and regulations to protect the citizens from accidents and mishaps, we still witness pedestrians getting hurt frequently. Pedestrian accident claims come second to car accident claims in the UK. In the year 2018, more than a quarter of all the road accidents accounted for pedestrian accidents. Any person who ends up injured while crossing roads, goes through severe consequences. If you or someone close to you was unfortunately involved in any such incident, it’s likely that you’re going through a very hard time.
At Wallace Legal, we work to provide all such victims with the support they thoroughly need. If you ever find yourself in such a challenging situation, and it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to submit a claim for compensation. However, these claims can only be successful if you know what to do and how to do it. This blog will guide you about what needs to be done in such situations.
If you feel you were wronged, and you’re considering making a claim, we suggest that you wait no further. Get in touch with us, and we’ll connect you with one of our best solicitors to deal with your pedestrian accident claim. The solicitor will provide you with a free consultation for the whole matter, then work with you throughout the case to ensure that you win your case.
Why Should You Make A Claim?
Picking up an injury, going through pain and suffering because of someone else’s carelessness entitles you to make a claim. That being said, you should think through it before finalising your decision because legal matters involve a lot of intricacies.
It is highly important for you to know the ins and outs of the claim process before you dive into it. Personal injury claims are always different. In some cases, they can be very straightforward and can resolve quickly, while other times, they take too long to reach their conclusion. This long time of the case can be very disturbing, as it constantly reminds you of the horrid incident.
However, since you reserve the legal right to claim compensation, there’s absolutely no reason that you should back off. Money might not be an adequate substitute for the loss you have gone through, but it’s the only thing that can fill the void to some extent.
This compensation money is purposed to reduce the extent of the harm you have suffered all this while. Money reward in this difficult time will provide redress. Now that the accident has caused you damages, you have to live with it. Fortunately, you will have the money to deal with all the huge expenses coming your way, and your standard of living won’t be negatively impacted.
When you’re putting in your time and effort in this claim, you want to come out successful at all costs, and in order to that, you should first be able to prove that you weren’t at fault. The other party failed to fulfil their duty of care, and they are to be solely blamed for this mishap.
Your solicitor will break the whole case into steps to make their work easy, as well as allowing you to understand things better. Usually, these steps are:
- The duty of care is checked in this case
- They see if this duty of care was breached
- What caused the incident or the duty to be breached
- The extent of damage done due to this breach
What To Do In Pedestrian Accident Claims?
If you have hired an experienced and professional solicitor to handle your case, you won’t have to trouble yourself by learning the matters of law. Your solicitor will take care of the case and keep on advising you as to how you should proceed with the case. Your solicitor will ask you to fulfil the necessary requirements. The claim process involves:
- Connecting with the other party’s insurers to discuss and determine what aspects of the case will they accept and admit to, and where will there be a dispute
- Gather all the shreds of evidence that prove your injuries and the losses you have gone through due to the incident. It’s also better to wait for a while to be completely aware of all the losses you have seen, but don’t take this over three years.
- If the insurers of the other party admit their fault, you won’t have to collect any evidence. The case will be resolved there.
If the talks break down, court proceedings will begin. However, this does not mean the case will go to trial. The majority of the time, parties negotiate and settle somewhere to avoid going to hearings.