Are you entitled to compensation for a pedestrian accident claim?

If you are involved in a pedestrian accident which was not your fault then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.  

Compensation for a pedestrian hit by a vehicle may cover the psychological injuries sustained and the physical injuries sustained in the course of the accident.  

Due to the vulnerability of pedestrians on the road, the psychological injuries are often greater than those in other road traffic accident claims.  A person will also claim compensation for their physical injuries which may vary on a case by case basis.

Pedestrian accidents can happen in a number of different ways.  Pedestrian accident claims can arise from pedestrian accidents on country roads and pedestrian accidents in towns and cities.  The most common pedestrian accident occurs when a pedestrian is truck by a vehicle causing injury to the pedestrian giving rise to pedestrian accident claims.  A number of our cases concern pedestrian accident claims and such claims are a lot more common than one might think.

What to do when you have an accident as a pedestrian?

  • Prepare the case for lodging with the Injuries Board.
  • Sinnott Solicitors will be in a position to assist you to lodge your claim with the Injuries Board and to help you achieve the maximum compensation available.
  • Every pedestrian accident claim for compensation must be accompanied by appropriate medical evidence in the form of medical reports from a GP and possibly an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Psychiatrist depending on the presence or otherwise of psychological injuries.
To view the full procedure from beginning to end of each accident claim, Sinnott Solicitors have compiled an ultimate guide to the Injuries Board and Injury Court claims process.

 

Pedestrian are susceptible to serious injury

Pedestrian accidents can result in very serious injuries because of the level of exposure of the pedestrian. Pedestrians do not have appropriate protection such as helmets or protective gear.  

Therefore when a pedestrian comes in contact with a moving vehicle, the injuries are generally very serious.  

Pedestrians should wear high visibility protective clothing whilst out walking in poor light or a night time and often the lack of high visibility clothing can reduce the amount of compensation that the pedestrian is entitled to obtain in connection with their pedestrian accident claim (your health is more important than your wealth!).

Road Safety Authority Pedestrian accident statistics 

The most recent statistics published by the Road Safety Authority [pdf] in relation to pedestrian accidents are those for the period relating to January to December 2013.  

Out of 190 fatalities, there were 31 pedestrians killed. The highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities was in Dublin. Countrywide there was an increase in pedestrian fatalities from 29 to 32.  The most dangerous time on the road for pedestrians is from 2pm to 6pm.

Often those involved in pedestrian accidents find themselves unable to return to work in a speedy manner or unable to carry out certain tasks that they would have previously undertaken prior to the accident.  

As a result of the vulnerability of pedestrians, the psychological injuries sustained by pedestrians involved in pedestrian accidents are often greater than those sustained in normal road traffic accident claims – and therefore so are typical compensation amounts paid out.

 

READ CASE STUDY: Our client awarded €50,000 after being struck by car on university campus

Mohammad was walking through a university campus on a September evening at approximately 5.45p.m. He was not wearing protective high visibility clothing and he was not walking along the footpath as there was no footpath available to walk along.

A car travelling behind him as he was walking along as a pedestrian, struck Mohammad from behind. The car was travelling approximately 30mph/50kph. Mohammad sustained significant injuries to his knees, hips and legs. He also sustained back injuries and psychological injuries because of the manner in which the pedestrian accident occurred.

Mohammad was self-employed and missed approximately three days from work. He attended a number of physiotherapy sessions and he was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication by his treating Doctor.

Mohammad’s pedestrian accident claim settled for the sum of €47,600 plus €1,279 for his out of pocket expenditure/special damages.

In addition to the settlement figure above, Sinnott Solicitors agreed with the Defendant’s Insurance Company that Mohammad’s legal costs in connection with his pedestrian accident claim were paid in full.