• Kenneth Powell

Can I Claim Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident?

Updated: Feb 24

People make pedestrian claims more often than you think. Thousands of pedestrians are killed or injured on the roads every year. All road users are vulnerable, but pedestrians are mainly at risk of suffering catastrophic or even fatal injuries in an automobile accident.


Injuries resulting from accidents involving pedestrians range from significant to minor situations. Examples of cases with minimal damages could include broken bones, cuts, trips, and falls. In contrast, some of the more extreme instances could be a significant life-changing or threatening injury and in a worst-case scenario, death.


What Causes a Pedestrian Accident?

What Causes a Pedestrian Accident?


One of the leading causes of road traffic accidents involving pedestrians is due to reckless or distracted driving. A person walking their dog on the sidewalk and getting knocked by a reckless driver is an example of someone in a pedestrian accident. Another example would be someone who has suffered a few broken bones when hit by a car while legally using the pedestrian crossing.


If you are injured during a road traffic accident, it is advisable to contact our St Louis pedestrian accident lawyers to find out if you are eligible to file a pedestrian accident claim.


Pedestrian accidents can happen at any time, but they are more common during the winters or at night when visibility is lowest. The weekend and Fridays have been found to be dangerous days for anyone using the roads in general, something to take into consideration when heading out on a Friday night.


Who is at Fault in a Pedestrian Accident?


An extensive investigation needs to go into a pedestrian accident due to all the possible scenarios that could exist. If a child runs out in front of a moving automobile without warning, or someone walks over the road using their mobile device, working out whose fault it is, could be a challenging task due to pedestrian negligence.


How Much Does It Cost to Claim for Pedestrian Accident Compensation?


There are many ways to fund a pedestrian accident claim that is not going to pose any financial risk to you. It is imperative that you do not let your financial situation determine your capacity to seek compensation for any injuries you sustained in the accident. Our layers are more than happy to talk you through the most common payment options, including a no win, no fee agreement.


What Evidence Do I Need for my Pedestrian Claim to be Successful?


One of the best things to do is to provide as much information as possible. This is going to strengthen your pedestrian accident claim for the better. Essential evidence required to support your pedestrian accident claim would include names and numbers of witnesses, photographs or videos of the incident, and any other details that you might deem necessary.


How Can I Avoid a Pedestrian Accident?


There are a multitude of ways a pedestrian accident can be minimized to avoid the risk of injury or fatality. Be sure to keep the following suggestions in mind when traveling by foot at night or in the winters:


● Wear reflective or light-colored clothing, especially when weather conditions make visibility difficult.

● Try not to use your mobile phone when on the road or near busy intersections

● Be alert and maintain focus – for example, not wearing headphones can ensure you hear any danger that is approaching

● Make sure to have a firm hold on children and pets


How Long Can You Claim for a Pedestrian Accident?

How Long Can You Claim for a Pedestrian Accident?


Each state has its own rules and legalities surrounding pedestrian accidents, so be sure to check with your local law office to find out the St Louis injury law. In most cases, you have up to one year to file your personal injury case with one of our attorneys.


Our recommendation is to file the claim as soon as possible while everything is still fresh in your mind. The sooner you place your claim, the quicker the attorney can properly prepare your case for the judge.


Conclusion


Each day pedestrian accidents occur in our nation, and more often than not, they go left unclaimed because people do not know the procedures involved. Now that you understand how simple and easy it is to get your claim in, it would be a good idea to give Powell Law Firm a call to assist on your case.