How To Seek Compensation In A Zebra Crossing Accident Claim
Throughout this helpful guide, we explore when it could potentially be possible for you to start a zebra crossing accident claim and the steps involved in pursuing compensation. You’ll also find out about the types of evidence that could make your claim for a personal injury stronger.
Additionally, we explain the duty of care road users owe one another and the rules for drivers and pedestrians around pedestrian crossings.
Furthermore, we give examples of how an accident could occur involving a pedestrian and the injuries they could sustain as a result.
Later, we look at how a settlement awarded after a successful personal injury claim is calculated.
Our team offers a free initial consultation for all pedestrian accident claims to help set out your potential next steps. To arrange yours, you can:
- Phone our team on 0151 375 9916.
- Ask for expert advice via live chat.
- Contact us online and we’ll arrange a callback.
Alternatively, to find out about what happens if you get hit while using a zebra crossing, read on. Should you think of any questions while doing so, please get in touch.
Browse Our Guide
- When Are You Eligible To Start A Claim For A Zebra Crossing Accident?
- How To Claim Compensation In A Zebra Crossing Accident Claim
- What Could Cause A Zebra Crossing Accident?
- What Compensation Could You Receive For A Successful Personal Injury Claim?
- Start A No Win No Fee Zebra Crossing Accident Claim
- Read More About Claiming Pedestrian Accident Injury Compensation
A road user’s duty of care can be upheld by following guidance from the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988. The duty placed on them is to navigate the roads in a way that prevents harm or damage to themselves and others.
The Highway Code states that pedestrians are vulnerable road users and they require extra care. Additionally, there are specific rules about different pedestrian crossings, including zebra crossings.
Rule H2 states drivers must give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings and that pedestrians have priority when on a zebra crossing. Rule 19 explains that pedestrians must allow traffic ample time to see you and stop before using the crossing.
If a pedestrian is hit while on a zebra crossing, a personal injury claim might be possible if:
- A driver owed the pedestrian a duty of care when the accident occurred.
- A breach of this duty occurred.
- As a result of the breach, the pedestrian sustained injuries.
If you would like more information on zebra crossing accident claims, please use the number above to contact us.
Not all zebra crossing accidents will form the basis of a valid claim. You must prove the accident happened as a result of a breach of duty and that you sustained harm as a result. As such, when making a pedestrian accident claim against the driver, you should gather evidence to strengthen your case.
Here are a few examples of evidence that could strengthen your zebra crossing accident claim:
- Contact information for anybody who witnessed the incident. They could be called on later to give a statement.
- Details of any medical treatment you needed. This could be backed up by copies of your medical records.
- CCTV or dashcam recordings of the accident.
- A police reference number, if applicable.
- Photographs of your visible injuries and the accident scene.
If your claim is valid, one of our personal injury solicitors may agree to represent you. As part of their service, they can help you build up a strong body of evidence for your compensation claim.
For further information on making a pedestrian accident claim, call and speak with an advisor on the number above.
Zebra crossing accident claims could be possible if you were hit while using a zebra crossing because a driver breached their duty of care and caused you injury.
Examples of zebra crossing accidents include:
- A driver failed to stop at a zebra crossing because they were distracted while using their phone. As a result, a pedestrian was hit and suffered a severe neck injury.
- Where a pedestrian was hit by a public transport vehicle and injured because the driver was talking to a passenger instead of concentrating on the road. As a result, the pedestrian suffered severe brain damage.
- A car hit a pedestrian and caused them to suffer a life-changing injury, such as paralysis, because the vehicle was being driven above the speed limit.
- A pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being hit on a zebra crossing by a drunk driver.
Our team of advisors are here to help if you’ve got any questions about claiming pedestrian accident injury compensation so please feel free to call them.
The overall payout you’re awarded in a zebra crossing accident claim that has a successful outcome will vary from case to case. The first head of loss that may form part of any settlement awarded in a successful case is called general damages. It covers any pain and suffering endured as a result of the injury.
To understand the extent of your suffering, you’ll need to be assessed independently by a medical professional. You won’t have to arrange this yourself.
The report that follows from the assessment can be used alongside a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help value your injuries. The JCG contains compensation guidelines for a range of injuries.
The figures in our compensation table and our compensation calculator both use JCG figures. However, please remember that the amounts listed are not guaranteed settlement amounts. Also, the first entry is not from the JCG.
|Compensation Bracket Guidelines
|Multiple very severe injuries with monetary losses
|Up to £1,000,000 and above
|A payout reflecting the physical and psychological impact of the injuries as well as the financial losses incurred as a result, such as lost income, care costs, and medical expenses.
|£324,600 to £403,990
|This involves upper and lower body paralysis. The award given will consider the person's age, the presence of any depression, and the degree of independence the person has.
|£219,070 to £284,260
|This involves the paralysis of the lower limbs. The award given will depend on factors such as the person's age, life expectancy, and the presence and extent of any pain.
|£282,010 to £403,990
|Full-time nursing care is required with the person having double incontinence, little to no language function, and minimal or no evidence of having a meaningful response to their environment.
|£150,110 to £219,070
|There is a moderate to severe intellectual deficit, an effect on the person's personality and senses, with a significant epilepsy risk. There are also no employment prospects.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Spinal cord and nerve root damage.
|£96,250 to £135,920
|Injuries that are the most serious but fall short of amputation, such as where fractures have not united and extensive bone grafting has been needed.
|Loss of One Arm (ii)
|£109,650 to £130,930
|An amputation of one arm above the elbow.
|Other Arm Injuries
|£96,160 to £130,930
|A serious brachial plexus injury.
|In the region of £148,330
|A neck injury that is associated with incomplete paraplegia is covered in this bracket.
Claiming Financial Losses After A Zebra Crossing Accident
Special damages is another head of loss that could be included in your overall payout. It covers financial losses linked to your injuries. Therefore, if you make a successful zebra crossing accident claim, your settlement could cover:
- Medical expenses.
- Care and support costs.
- Lost earnings.
- Home modification costs.
- Travel expenses.
Any expenses you claim as part of a pedestrian accident compensation claim must be proven. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep hold of any relevant documents, such as receipts, wage slips, and bank statements, as evidence.
For free advice on the potential value of your road traffic accident claim, please call today.
Making a personal injury claim can be easier if you’re represented by a specialist solicitor. If your claim is valid and accepted by a solicitor from our team, they’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis by working under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Typically, the terms of a CFA mean, you:
- Don’t need to pay your solicitor upfront for their work or while they’re working on your case.
- Won’t have to cover the costs of your solicitor’s work if the claim is lost.
- Will have a success fee deducted from your compensation. Your solicitor will take this as a percentage that is legally capped.
To check if a No Win No Fee solicitor from our team could help you start your zebra crossing accident claim, you can:
- Speak to an advisor on 0151 375 9916.
- Ask for advice via live chat.
- Contact us online and we’ll call you back.
Here is a sample of our other guides on claims for road traffic accidents:
- Advice on when you could claim compensation following a rear end collision in which you were injured.
- Guidance on how much compensation for a pedestrian hit by a car following a successful personal injury claim.
- Information on how solicitors for car accidents can help.
Also, here are a few external links that may prove useful too:
- NHS information on when to go to A&E for treatment.
- Information from the police on what to do following collisions and incidents on the road.
- Government guidance on how to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
If you require any further information on how to make a zebra crossing accident claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our team.