What is a pedestrian accident?
A pedestrian accident is an accident that involves a pedestrian and a motor vehicle – whether it’s a car, truck, train, tram, bus or motorcycle. Generally, it includes any accident involving someone on foot against another force.
Pedestrian accident injuries vary from minor to severe and typically include broken bones, head, back and spinal injuries, loss of limbs, and other catastrophic injuries. If you (or a loved one) have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s crucial that you seek legal help as soon as possible so that you can focus on recovery and receive the best possible outcome for your compensation claim.
How much compensation can you get for a pedestrian accident claim?
The compensation you may be entitled to when making a pedestrian accident claim depends on your circumstances, such as the extent of your injuries, financial losses, and the state where the accident occurred. Typically, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment and care expenses
- Loss of income and earnings, now and in the future
- Physical and psychological suffering
- A lump sum payment for total and permanent disablement
- Death benefits and funeral expenses in the event of a fatal pedestrian accident, where a close relative is making a pedestrian accident compensation claim
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our experienced team at LHD Lawyers today. Our specialist pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help you understand your rights and entitlements, guide you through the claims process, and obtain the compensation you deserve.
At LHD Lawyers, we believe every Australian is entitled to legal representation in times of need, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we offer a No Win No Fee policy for all pedestrian accident compensation claims.
With our No Win No Fee service, our experienced team is able to provide superior legal advice to anyone who needs it, and you won’t be charged legal fees if your case isn’t successful.
In most motor vehicle accidents involving a pedestrian, the motor vehicle driver is often considered at fault; drivers have a duty of care to avoid hitting pedestrians. However, there are some situations where the pedestrian may be considered at fault due to their negligence. For instance:
- A pedestrian carelessly crosses the road while impaired by alcohol or drug use
- A pedestrian breaks the law by crossing illegally
- A pedestrian unexpectedly steps in front of a car while using their phone
If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian and are considered partially at fault, you may still be eligible for compensation, but the amount of compensation you receive may be less.
In most cases, the driver is considered at fault in motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians because of the duty of care they have when driving their vehicle. Common instances of negligent behaviour that results in injury to a pedestrian include:
- Driving while using a phone
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drug use
- Breaking the road rules
At LHD Lawyers, our specialist team of pedestrian accident lawyers are experienced in pedestrian accident compensation claims. If you were injured as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today for a free consultation.
Typically, pedestrian accident claims take between 1 to 2 years to settle, but they can be quicker or take longer depending on the nature of your claim and your individual circumstances.
If you’d like to make a pedestrian accident claim, contact us today or use our free online claim checker to let us know what happened. Our experienced team of lawyers will be able to assess your claim and give you a rough estimate of how long it may take to receive compensation.
When involved in a motor vehicle accident, all involved are legally required to stop, ensure everyone is okay, and exchange details. Failing to do so is considered a ‘hit and run’, and can result in heavy fines and imprisonment.
If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you have the legal right to claim compensation, even if the driver failed to stop or hasn’t been identified. To learn more about what you can claim and the process involved, view our information on hit and run injuries or contact us today for a free, no-obligation claim assessment.