This guide is about how to make a zebra crossing accident claim as a pedestrian. We will discuss the requirements that need to be met in order for you to have valid grounds to seek personal injury compensation, as well as the potential steps you could take to support your claim.
Additionally, we will explore the duty of care road users owe one another, and the rules they need to follow. We also provide examples of how a breach in duty of care can lead to a pedestrian crossing accident.
Moreover, we provide guidance on personal injury settlements, including the two heads of loss they could consist of, and how they are calculated.
Finally, our guide provides an overview of the advantages to working with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
For more information about road traffic accident claims, continue reading. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our advisors via the following contact details:
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- When Are You Able To Make A Zebra Crossing Accident Claim?
- How Could Negligence Lead To A Pedestrian Crossing Accident?
- What Compensation Could You Receive From A Pedestrian Accident Claim?
- Proving Liability For A Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Claim
- Make A Zebra Crossing Accident Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Read More About How To Make A Pedestrian Accident Claim
To have valid grounds to begin a personal injury claim following a pedestrian accident on a zebra crossing, you need to prove that:
- The driver or rider owed a duty of care towards you.
- They breached that duty.
- This breach resulted in your injury.
Every road user owes a duty of care to one another. They must navigate the roads in such a way that prevents themselves and others from experiencing any harm or damage. To uphold this duty of care, they must follow the rules laid out in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code.
Specifically, Rule 19 of The Highway Code states that all pedestrians must allow time for the traffic to stop on both sides before crossing the road. In addition, Rule H2 of The Highway Code states that all drivers and riders must give way to pedestrians waiting to use a zebra crossing. These are rules that all road users should obey.
If there has been a failure on the part of a driver or rider to uphold their duty of care, please contact an advisor to discuss whether you could be eligible to make a zebra crossing accident claim as a pedestrian.
There are several ways an accident could occur involving a pedestrian and driver on a zebra crossing. For example:
- A driver fails to stop whilst you are using the zebra crossing. As a result, they crash into you and cause you to sustain a severe spinal injury leading to quadriplegia.
- A driver operates their vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing their judgement to become affected. As a result, they knock you over while you’re crossing the road on a zebra crossing causing you to sustain a severe head injury and broken bones.
You can discuss your specific case with an advisor by calling the number above. They can assess your eligibility to make a zebra crossing accident claim as an injured pedestrian.
After a successful pedestrian zebra crossing accident claim has been made, you could receive a compensation payout that is made up of two heads of loss.
Firstly, general damages compensate for the pain and suffering of your injuries as well as the impact they have on your quality of life. Both physical and mental suffering are considered, as are factors such as the severity of the injury, recovery time, and decreased quality of life are all examined.
To help determine the figure of your general damages, solicitors often refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) and any medical records you have. The JCG contains guideline compensation brackets based on previous successful court cases.
We have included some figures from the JCG in the table below. However, these figures cannot be guaranteed as each personal injury claim is different and every circumstance is unique.
Injury Severity Compensation Bracket Comments
Brain damage Very severe (a) £282,010 to £403,990 The person requires full-time nursing care.
Moderately severe (b) £219,070 to £282,010 Injured person has a serious disability with substantial dependence on others.
Moderate (c) (ii) £90,720 to £150,110 Modest to moderate loss in intellect, the ability to work is reduced and a risk of epilepsy.
Hips and Pelvis Severe (a) (i) £78,400 to £130,930 Extensive fractures involving a dislocation of the lower back joint and a ruptured bladder.
Moderate (b) (i) £26,590 to £39,170 Significant injury to the pelvis or hip with no permanent major disability.
Leg Severe (b) (ii) £54,830 to £87,890 Very serious injuries resulting in permanent mobility problems.
Arm Injuries resulting in permanent and substantial disablement (b) £39,170 to £59,860 Serious fractures of one or both forearms where there is significant permanent residual disability.
Hand Severe fractures to fingers (f) Up to £36,740 Leading to partial amputations and causing deformity and grip impairment, for example.
Claiming Financial Losses After A Road Traffic Accident
Secondly, special damages compensate for the past and future financial losses incurred following your injuries. Examples of what you can claim back in special damages include:
- Loss of earnings.
- Travel expenses.
- Medical costs.
- Care costs.
Plus, the evidence you can use to support these include:
- Bank statements.
Speak to one of our advisors today to enquire more about the potential payout you could receive following a successful claim.
Evidence can help prove liability by showing that a road user breached the duty of care they owed you. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:
- CCTV or dash cam footage of the incident.
- Photographs of the accident site and your injury.
- A dated diary of your symptoms since the accident. This can be important in illustrating your physical and mental changes from before and after your injuries.
- Contact details from any potential witnesses.
- Copies of your medical records, such as doctor’s notes, or scan photos.
If you are eligible, an advisor could connect you with a solicitor from our panel who has experience with pedestrian accident claims. They can help you gather your evidence and build your case. To discuss your options further, call an advisor.
Providing you have an eligible pedestrian zebra crossing accident claim, you may be offered to pursue your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you could be offered a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
CFAs are a contract that mean you won’t typically need to pay for your solicitor’s work at the start of your claim, as it proceeds, or if it fails.
If your case succeeds, your solicitor can take a percentage of your compensation as their success fee. This does have a legal cap though to ensure you keep the majority of your settlement.
Find out whether you could work with a solicitor from our panel on this basis by calling our team. They can also provide further guidance on the eligibility criteria that need to be met for a personal injury claim to be valid. Also, they can answer any questions you might have after reading our guide.
To get in touch, you can:
More of our guides:
- Learn how to claim for a road traffic accident caused by an untraced driver.
- Read about claiming compensation after a car accident with an uninsured driver.
- Find out how to make a claim following a bike and cycle accident.
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Thank you for reading this helpful guide on when you could be eligible to make a zebra crossing accident claim as a pedestrian. If you have any other questions, please contact an advisor on the number above.
Writer Jade March
Editor Meg McConnell