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Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all road users. In 2019, pedestrians accounted for 27% of all deaths on the UK’s roads (according to the Department of Transport’s ‘Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2019 annual report) whilst others suffered severe, permanent injury.

Pedestrians are more at risk of serious injury during a collision than the driver of the vehicle that hit them, as they do not have the basic protection of an airbag, crumple zone or helmet.

Collisions caused by a driver’s negligent speeding, losing control of a vehicle, ignoring a red light or becoming distracted by a mobile phone can lead to life-changing injuries for a pedestrian. When the pedestrian’s injury was the result of a driver’s negligence, the severely injured pedestrian is entitled to compensation.  

What type of accidents lead to pedestrian injury compensation claims?

A pedestrian who has suffered a serious injury in a collision with a moving vehicle, such as a car, van, truck, motorcycle or bus will often have a claim for compensation.

We have recovered compensation for pedestrians who were injured:

  • whilst walking or standing on the pavement;
  • whilst waiting on the hard shoulder of a motorway or dual carriageway;
  • on the side of the road;
  • whilst walking in the road;
  • whilst crossing the road;
  • by a car which was emerging onto the road from a private driveway;
  • by a reversing car;
  • by an e-scooter;
  • by a hit and run or uninsured driver.

Children are particularly vulnerable as they are easily distracted and their road sense is less developed than adults. Drivers are expected to take additional care in areas where children might be on or near the roads, such as:

  • residential areas;
  • near schools or around school transport, such as buses;
  • near shops;
  • near playgrounds.

Drivers are also expected to take additional care where the risk of accident may be increased by poor visibility and driving conditions, such as at night, in fog, in poorly lit areas or in bad weather conditions.

A pedestrian can claim compensation for their injuries if they were caused by a driver’s negligence, such as:

  • driving dangerously;
  • driving too fast;
  • losing control of their vehicle;
  • being distracted or not paying attention;
  • talking or texting on a mobile phone;
  • failing to stop at a road junction;
  • turning without indicating; 
  • driving through a red traffic light;
  • failing to give way to a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing;
  • driving under the influence of alcohol;
  • driving under the influence of drugs;
  • driving an unroadworthy vehicle, for example with defective tyres, brakes or lights;
  • hit and run or uninsured drivers.
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Can I make a pedestrian injury compensation claim if I was partly to blame for the accident?

In some cases, the pedestrian’s own behaviour may contribute to, or cause, the accident. Common accidents arising from a pedestrian’s irresponsible or distracted behaviour include where they step onto a pedestrian crossing before the lights change or run across the road into the path of a moving vehicle. Depending on the circumstances, the pedestrian’s compensation may be reduced to reflect the extent to which their own behaviour contributed to the accident, but in most cases they will still have a claim.  As long as the accident wholly or partly arose from the driver’s negligence, the severely injured pedestrian is entitled to compensation. 

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What type of injuries can be compensated in a pedestrian accident claim?

Our serious injury claims lawyers have recovered compensation for pedestrians who have suffered:

  • head injury, skull fracture or brain injury;
  • spinal injury, spinal cord injury or paralysis;
  • major trauma or multiple injury;
  • severe orthopaedic injuries, including multiple broken bones;
  • facial injuries;
  • degloving (needing skin grafting) injuries;
  • amputation;
  • PTSD or psychological injury arising from the accident;
  • severe scarring and disfigurement;
  • fatal injury – claims for loss of dependency for the bereaved dependent family.
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What compensation can I get in a pedestrian injury accident claim?

We assess each client’s compensation claim carefully to ensure that their needs arising from their injury or disability are properly met. The amount of compensation that the injured person receives depends on their individual circumstances, including the severity of their injury and disability, their needs and financial losses arising from their injury, and any liability issues relating to the cause of the accident.

Serious injury pedestrian accident claims may lead to compensation for:

  • pain, suffering and disability;
  • rehabilitation costs, such as: 
    • Rehabilitation Code funding -  to start the client’s rehab as soon as possible, with seamless transition from acute hospital care;
    • rehab funding from interim payments (advance part payments of compensation);
    • the costs of ongoing or future additional rehab, such as vocational rehabilitation. 


  • case management;
  • care;
  • adaptations or the increased costs of buying a suitable home;
  • loss of earnings and pension;
  • specialist equipment and aids;
  • transport and mobility costs, such as wheelchairs and adapted vehicles;
  • prostheses – following amputation;
  • medical or surgical costs;
  • therapies, such as:
    • occupational therapy (OT);
    • physiotherapy;
    • speech and language therapy (SALT);
    • hydrotherapy;
  • psychological treatment, counselling and support;
  • assistive technology and IT;
  • vocational rehabilitation;
  • special education (SEN) costs (if child);
  • Court of Protection deputyship costs;
  • loss of dependency on income or services (where the injured person dies leaving dependents).

Compensation claims for serious injuries are complex and injured clients should always be represented by specialist solicitors. You should never accept any direct offer of settlement without seeking specialist legal advice. If you do so you may permanently lose your right to substantial compensation. If the insurance company for the defendant driver contacts you directly to offer you a compensation settlement, we strongly advise that you contact us immediately to discuss the potential value of your claim. 

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How can I fund my accident claim?

An initial interview is always provided free of charge.  In serious injury cases, we often visit our clients in hospital or at their home if they are unable to get to our offices.  At the meeting we will discuss how to fund the claim.  We have a number of funding options available, all of which ensure you will have nothing to pay if your case is unsuccessful.  In the majority of cases, we can act under a Conditional Fee Agreement (“no win no fee”).

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Why choose Boyes Turner’s serious injury lawyers for your pedestrian compensation claim?

For more than 30 years our serious injury lawyers have helped severely injured clients:

  • secure funded early rehabilitation to maximise their recovery; 
  • obtain interim payments to ease financial hardship and pay for necessary care, therapies, specialist equipment and adapted accommodation to help regain independence and rebuild their lives;
  • secure full compensation for their injury and its impact on their lives;
  • protect and maximise their compensation to provide for their future needs.

We are skilled in helping our clients and their families through the difficult decisions and challenges which follow an accident and securing compensation which properly meets their needs.

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"Personal Injury Claim"

Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.

She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.

Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.

Boyes Turner Client

"Boyes turner workplace injury claim"

I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!

Boyes Turner Client

"Personal Injury claim"

Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.

Boyes Turner Client

"Lifechanging Law Firm"

Kim handled my personal injury claim after a car accident with immeasurable expertise and compassion. Boyes Turner arranged every part of my private rehabilitation, which greatly improved the speed and quality of my recovery.

Each stage of the litigation process was dealt with efficiently and succinctly. This was then always explained without using unclear legal jargon.

On both health and financial levels, I would be in a far worse position without Kim’s invaluable input. I cannot recommend this firm enough.


"Helping me start to get my life back together"

The last 6 years since my incident have been so my mental health and general life. When I chose Boyes Turner, I was expecting just a solicitor to take my case forward. What in fact I actually got is a solicitor who genuinely cared about what had happened to me and wanted to help me get justice. Without their support I would have probably given in and excepted what happened. I am so glad that I didn’t, now it’s over I am now feeling empowered knowing it wasn’t my fault. They have given me hope for the future. It is more than a job for Claire, she is caring and kind, are wants the best for clients. Thank you.

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