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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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"Thanks for everything"

“Thanks for everything. It’s been very nice to be able to put it all behind us and try to move forward.  I cannot thank you and Boyes Turner for all you have done for me. It goes without saying I would always recommend Boyes Turner. I couldn’t have done it without your support.”

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"You got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough"

 Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of myself and my family. You were recommended to us by a close friend back in 2017 and I will certainly recommend you again. You’ve been amazing and very reassuring considering how complicated I made things at times. It’s been one of the hardest times of my life but I was glad I had you on the end of the phone. It’s a surreal feeling now it’s all over but very relieved you got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough.

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"Extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. "

Through my dealings with Claire as my representative in a personal injury claim, I have been extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. 

I believe going above and beyond to help accommodate my needs and explain everything in a way that I could understand. Working around timing for video calls and zoom meetings with myself and my mum, often on weekends and evenings. We always knew she was just a phone call away to answer any questions we had and if she didn’t have the answer then it would be found out for us. Once the claim was settled, she has still offered her support and provided contacts to do with my injury fund and further surgery I need. 

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"Great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period"

Claire was very much the lynchpin in achieving settlement of a complex case. From the outset Claire ensured steps were taken to manage both rehabilitation and legal/case requirements in the correct sequence; this included the early appointment of a case manager.

In addition Claire has been a great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period in our lives.

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"I cannot recommend them highly enough"

After being involved in a Road Accident I enlisted the services of Boyes Turner to help settle our compensation claim for damages and ongoing injuries that I incurred as a result. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their ongoing support throughout an extremely stressful ordeal was second to none. I suffered multiple injuries and they organised all my ongoing medical needs both physically and mentally, to help aid my recovery and rehabilitation. They managed my case with the utmost professionalism, concluding it satisfactorily so that I can move forward with my life and recovery. Thank you to Claire and her team for their amazing ongoing support and work with handling my case, in a time of great stress and uncertainty. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family.


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