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, 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 have been a victim of a pedestrian accident 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 article will guide you about what needs to be done in such a situation.
If you feel you were a victim of a pedestrian accident and you’re considering making a claim, we suggest that you wait no further. Get in touch with us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our expert solicitors to deal with your pedestrian accident claim. Your solicitor will provide you with a free consultation for the whole claim and then work with you throughout the case to ensure that your claim is successful.
Why Should You Make A Claim
Suffering an injury and going through pain 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 will resolve quickly, while other times, they take too long to reach their conclusion. The elongated duration 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 for compensation, there’s absolutely no reason that you shouldn’t.. 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. The financial settlement in this difficult time will provide redress, and cover any expenses that you have incurred.
Our dedicated solicitors will put in their time and effort during the claims process, and will try theor utmost to settle the claim in the shortest possible time, in order to do that, you should first be able to prove that you , and were not 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 the case
- They assess if the 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 advise you on the steps. Your solicitor will ask you to fulfil the necessary requirements. The claim process involves:
- Contacting with the at-fault party’s insurers to discuss and determine what aspects of the case they accept and admit to, and where there will be a dispute.
- Gather all the evidence that proves 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 over three years, as the window for making the claim would be closed, and the claim will be time-barred.
- If the insurers of the other party admit their liability, the claim will be settled quicker, this is usually where most of the time is spent.
- If liability is not admitted by the third party insurers, court proceedings will begin. However, this does not mean the case will go to trial. Majority of the time, parties negotiate and settle somewhere to avoid going to court.