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.
It is important to remember to do the following as soon as possible after your accident:
- Obtain details of the driver and his/her insurance details.
- Call the Gardai to the scene of the accident.
- Try to identify any witnesses to the accident.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Retain all receipts for any expenses.
- Last but not least talk to an experienced solicitor such as Quinn Solicitors who have assisted thousands of clients to seek compensation for your injuries.
Client case study: €129,000 awarded to pedestrian who was knocked down by car
George was walking his dog in an urban area in May 2007.
Weather conditions were poor and visibility was very low with driving rain and George was in somewhat of a hurry home owing to the weather conditions.
Consequently, he took a chance that he would not normally take crossing the road and was struck by a car which was overtaking a stationary line of traffic. The car collided with George and he sustained injuries to his legs and a fractured skull.
As a consequence, George was left with a permanent limp and spent six weeks in hospital. George was retired so no loss of earning claim arose.
Quinn Solicitors acted for George and eventually the matter was settled and George received €129,000 on the basis that George was partially responsible for the accident with the driver being held responsible on a 50/50 basis. All medical bills were paid for George and George also received all of his legal costs.