A pedestrian accident is a road collision involving both the person walking and a vehicle.
Due to hindered vision and harsher weather conditions, the most likely time for pedestrian accidents to occur is at night and during the winter time when there is reduced sunlight.
Pedestrian injuries * can occur for numerous different reasons. Every accident is different, in some accidents the driver of the vehicle may be held accountable due to him/her being negligent to the conditions of the road.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to a collision with a vehicle, it is recommended that you talk to our team of personal injury solicitors *.
CAUSES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS *
Pedestrians are more vulnerable to serious injury due to the fact they have no safety equipment and are without the protection of a vehicle. The number one cause of pedestrian accidents is due to reckless drivers willing to take unnecessary risks. Some of these include:
Hit and run driver accidents
Drivers under the influence of drugs
Drivers using mobile phones
Drivers who ignored signals, pedestrianised crossing and traffic lights
MAKING A CLAIM
1. Seek Medical Attention
The biggest priority is your own health and safety. Get treated and examined by a medical practitioner as soon as possible. Any contact information of emergency services workers present at the time should be obtained.
2. Notify The Gardai
Following a pedestrian accident, it is critical that the Gardai are called. If the injuries are serious the Gardai will take statements and photographic evidence from both parties.
3. Obtain Medical Records
Pedestrian accident claims * may need to include any medical records carried out by a GP at the scene or afterward. If psychological injuries were incurred reports from a psychiatrist are necessary.
4. Prepare case for Injuries Board
Pedestrian accident claims * must be passed through the Injuries Board for assessment before proceeding to settlement or to court. For more information on the Injuries Board application and assessment process, feel free to contact our dedicated personal injury * team.
HOW TO AVOID A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT *?
Pedestrians can follow safety procedures to significantly reduce their chance of being involved in a pedestrian accident. Some of these steps include:
Following the Green Cross Code
Wearing coloured high-vis vests
Keep a tight hold on pets
Avoid using a mobile phone while near busy roads
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
Dependant on the type of situation, the legal time limits to make a claim * can vary. For most cases, a person has two years from the date of the accident to make a pedestrian accident claim *. There may be exceptions made if the victim suffered a psychological injury that was diagnosed for weeks or months after the accident. If a child is the victim of the pedestrian accident * they have two years to make a claim * from their eighteenth birthday.
If you have suffered from a pedestrian accident injury *, our team of local personal injury solicitors * in Dublin are available to answer any queries you may have. For a confidential discussion, please call Tracey Solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email email@example.com and to tell us about your case.
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