If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident as a pedestrian you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation*.
It is important to remember that the accident must be caused by the driver of the offending vehicle. However, even in circumstances where you have contributed to the accident it may be possible to recover compensation.
As a pedestrian, you are probably the most vulnerable of all road users.
Pedestrian accidents arise from a variety of circumstances from the casual walker along a county road to persons being struck by a motor vehicle in a congested urban area.
When pedestrians are involved in road traffic accidents, the injuries tend to be of a very serious nature indeed often involving fractured and broken bones, spinal injuries, head and brain injuries.
Owing to the severity of the injuries, psychological issues can also arise with the onset of Post Traumatic Stress not unusual in some cases.
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It is important to remember to do the following as soon as possible after your accident:
Get the insurance details
Obtain details of the driver and his/her insurance details.
Call the Gardai
Call the Gardai to the scene of the accident.
Try to identify witnesses
Seek medical attention
Talk to an experience solicitor
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20% on average of all fatalities on roads are pedestrians
According to the Road Safety Authority approximately 20% on average of all fatalities on roads are pedestrians, most deaths occurring in Dublin City. However, pedestrians using country roads are also very vulnerable to speeding and inattentive motorists.
Owing to the lack of protection, pedestrian accidents often result in very significant and life changing injuries. If you are a pedestrian and are injured on the roads and the accident is not your fault (or entirely your fault) you may be entitled to compensation arising out of that accident. Severe psychological injuries may also result from pedestrian accidents and the injured person may take a considerable period of time to come to terms with such injuries.
If so, you should contact Quinn Solicitors below – experts in dealing with pedestrian accidents on roads and in public places.
What are the Legal Time Limits?
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.
Quinn Solicitors is an established firm of Solicitors based in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. A large proportion of our work is personal injuries litigation. The firm was established in 1998.
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