I was a pedestrian knocked down at a zebra crossing. Can I claim compensation for a fractured pelvis?
A pedestrian knocked down at a zebra crossing may be entitled to make a claim for compensation against the motor vehicle insurance policy of the driver who caused the accident. In order to qualify to make a claim for pedestrian car accident compensation, the following criteria must be met.
The accident must have been caused by the negligence of a third party and the injury sustained must have been severe enough for medical treatment to have been sought. Medical records must contain details of the injury as these will be used to support a legal claim, and negligence must be proven in a claim for pedestrian car accident compensation.
Drivers must be particularly attentive when approaching a zebra crossing and should look out for pedestrians trying to cross the road. Drivers should stop to allow people to cross the road, but only it is safe to do so. Pedestrians should therefore wait to cross the road until they are sure the driver has seen them. If you started crossing the road and did not check for approaching cars, there is a chance that you may be liable – at least partly – for the accident.
Eye-witness accounts of the accident are important when establishing that a driver has been negligent and has caused an accident. If you were able to record the contact details of witnesses to the accident these will help to support your claim for injury compensation for a pedestrian hit by a car. If you took photographs of the scene of the accident with a mobile phone camera, these can also be submitted to help support a claim.
You should also have reported the accident to the police. The police do not always attend the scene of an accident, but the police report will need to be supported with your claim for injury compensation for a pedestrian hit by a car. You should not rely on the driver to have reported the accident to the police.
Before you proceed with a claim for a pedestrian knocked down at a zebra crossing, you should seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor. A solicitor will ensure that your injuries are thoroughly assessed by a doctor, and that all aspects of those injuries are included in your claim. A solicitor will also help you to prepare the strongest possible case to maximise the probability of you recovering your full entitlement to compensation.