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pedestrian and escooter claims
Pedestrians have very little protection surrounding them and can face danger from vehicles on a pavement or by simply crossing the road, which is why so many cases can result in serious, life-changing injuries. Children in particular are vulnerable to these types of accidents which can have a devastating impact on the whole family.
Often these accidents are caused by negligent drivers such as driving too fast, driving under the influence of drink or drugs or simply not paying attention, and the risks get higher when we face the darker winter months. However, not every claim is a result of a negligent driver, for example, a pedestrian crossing the road while distracted on their mobile phone. Whatever, the reason if you have been injured and are unsure whether you can make a claim then contact our Personal Injury solicitors who can assess your individual case.
Unfortunately, hundreds of pedestrians are killed every year on our roads and as we see new modes of transport such as E-scooters added to the mix we could start to see other fatalities join these numbers.
In July 2019 the UK saw its first electric scooter fatality when TV Presenter, Emily Hartridge was thrown into the path of a lorry in South London.
Learn how we can help with fatal injury claims.
If you live in an area like Milton Keynes where rental e-scooters are permitted as part of a trial then you will be pleased to learn that these are subject to a maximum speed limit of 14.8mph, MOT, tax and licensing. The riders of these vehicles must be aged 18 years or over and hold at least a provisional driving license, motorcycle or moped license and it is recommended to wear a helmet. However, if the rider for example decides to carry a passenger then the insurance provided by the company will be void, leaving the rider personally liable in the event of an accident.
The law around privately owned e-scooters is far more complicated and they are not permitted on pavements, cycle lanes, redways or public roads, and anyone committing an offence not only risks the penalties of £300 fine and six points on their driver’s licence but will be liable for any legal costs if they injure another party.
To put it into context, the average cost of a head injury claim can be in the region of £200,000 plus legal costs on top, which can amount to a further £100,000.
How much compensation can you receive for a Pedestrian claim?
The impact on your life both physically and psychologically can be extremely traumatic not only for you but for the whole family. We have helped thousands of victims nationally make a pedestrian injury claim which have resulted in:
- Broken limbs
- Back & neck injuries
- Spinal & Paralysis
- Head and brain injuries
If a driver was at fault then their insurance company may approach you with an out-of-court settlement. We always advise clients never to accept an out-of-court settlement with an insurance company as it is likely to be lower than the compensation you could be entitled to. We recommend you contact a specialist solicitor who can advise how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Calculating a pedestrian injury is based on a variety of factors which include:
- Current and future loss of earnings.
- Medical & travel expenses incurred as a result of the injury.
- Care & rehabilitation needs now and, in the future.
- Any modifications to your home including mobility aids.
- Pain and suffering caused as a result of the injury.
As a guide here are the compensation amounts you could receive in a typical case, please note that this is just a guide and every case is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Broken limbs (between £10,000 – £250,000)
- Back & neck Injuries (between £2,000 – £140,000)
- Spinal & Paralysis (between £11,730 – £151,000)
- Head & Brain Injuries (between £11,980 – £379,000)
Is there a time limit for a Personal Injury claim?
All personal injury claims need to be filed within 3 years from the date of the accident, very often we have clients who contact us past the deadline of 3 years and we are unable to help, so don’t delay in making your claim.
Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation?
The majority of claims we handle are arranged on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you don’t need to worry about expensive legal costs or pay anything upfront.
No win no fee is where we take out an insurance policy on your behalf, meaning if your claim is unsuccessful you won’t have to pay a penny. To learn more about how this works view No Win No Fee.
Personal Injury Trusts
Our holistic approach means our involvement doesn’t just stop at the conclusion of the settlement.
If you receive compensation as a result of a Personal Injury Claim which puts your savings or capital above a certain limit, you may lose entitlement to certain state benefits now or in the future. By setting up a Personal Injury Trust we can help you protect any current or future entitlement to any Means Tested State Benefits/support that you receive. So, instead of receiving your compensation directly into your bank/building society account, we can set up a Trust so that your money is held by your chosen Trustee on your behalf. For more about this service visit Personal Injury Trusts.
Support & Rehabilitation
We know that if you have suffered a life-changing injury sometimes rehabilitation can take months or even years, which is why our focus doesn’t just end at delivering the compensation you deserve but continues to help secure the finances you need to pay for equipment and support with other care such as therapies/physiotherapy that are vital to helping your recovery. What’s more we will take the reins and give you peace of mind that the practicalities are being looked after such as organising medical assessments or assigning a case manager depending on your needs.
Why choose us?
At Geoffrey Leaver, our experienced team of Personal Injury solicitors are ranked number one by Chambers and Partners for delivering top-quality legal advice. What’s more our personal approach means that you will be looked after by the same litigator throughout the legal process giving you that reassurance and peace of mind you are being taken care of.
To make an appointment to see one of our Personal Injury experts, Navdip Gill, Sam Seaford, Anne Maguire, Ann Summerling or Kerry Gibbs please call 01908 689338 (out of office hours – 07825 940007) or contact us.
What our clients say:
“The service I received was outstanding. The timelines that Anne discussed with me, in the beginning, were very accurate. Nothing was rushed and I felt she always had my best interests at heart. Thank you Anne for all your help!” Deena Jonson.
For more information about how we can help, you can read testimonials from our personal injury clients
Chambers & Partners 2022 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: notes the team is highly regarded as a personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases. Equally adept at handling cases resulting from RTAs, brain injuries, as well as PTSD. One client commented “The service I received was five-star; the team were professional and empathetic.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: one client reports “The process has been nothing but well planned and stress-free.”
Chambers & Partners 2020: Personal Injury Department is recognised by Chambers & Partners 2020 who noted the department as“efficient and effective, and easy to communicate with.”
The Personal Injury Team
Navdip Gill Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689338 (07825 940007)Navdip is a highly experienced and shrewd Personal Injury Litigator with an exceptional track record in delivering great results for his clients. Recognised as a top ranked lawyer by Chambers & Partners, his particular area of expertise involves complex and challenging high value brain and head injury cases in both adults and children.
Sam Seaford Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689349Sam is a personal injury solicitor and Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, who has over a decade of experience handling serious and catastrophic personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims. Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police. He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.
Anne Maguire Consultant
Personal Injury 01908 689365Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.
Kerry Gibbs Associate
Personal Injury 01908 692769Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.