Pedestrian Accident Claims Lawyer

If you have been injured in a road accident as a pedestrian, you may be eligible to make a pedestrian injury compensation claim.

At some stage we are all pedestrians, whether that be getting to and from our workplaces, exercising in the outdoors, being out with our friends in the night time or a leisurely stroll on the weekends with our families. If you are walking in and around a moving motor vehicle or along public footpaths there is the potential that you could be injured due to no fault of your own – an accident completely out of your control.

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Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents

There are many different scenarios where as a pedestrian you may be involved in an accident and injured. If you have been involved in any of the following situations you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries:

Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common instance in which pedestrians are injured in accidents. They may be caused by distracted, aggressive and drunk driving. Increased numbers of cars around people can cause poor judgements and accidents to occur where pedestrians are hit by a car.

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Lack of Well-Maintained Footpaths and Pedestrian Crossings
All present a risk to those on foot. Inattention at crossings including running red lights or not stopping at zebra crossing can cause major injuries.
Poor Lighting
Poor lighting in and around roads and footpaths can cause hazards to pedestrians.

If you have been hit by a car in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, first and foremost, you should seek immediate medical treatment for any injuries. Pedestrian injuries from a motor vehicle accident can be serious, even if you feel fine, you may be suffering internal injuries that are not present instantly after your accident.

You may also be eligible to make a claim for pedestrian injury compensation if you have been injured due to the negligence of city and regional councils (or other public entities) that are in charge of keeping footpaths maintained. Falling into a pothole in a footpath can cause serious injury due to no fault of your own.

Common injuries all pedestrians can sustain, either due to incidents with cars or other vehicles or on footpaths, include broken bones, head or back injuries, cuts and bruises.
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What You Can Claim on For Pedestrian Accidents in QLD

Medical expenses, future medical costs and out of pocket expenses.
You are able to claim for medical expenses directly related to your injuries, including pharmaceutical expenses and rehabilitation aids and appointments when lodging your personal injury claim. Any medical treatment you receive will need to be documented and you will need to ensure that you keep all records of your treatments and payments. These will be used to form a basis of your pedestrian injury claim.
Past and future income losses
After pedestrian accidents you may find that you need time off work to recovery from your injuries. It is not always possible to have this sort of time off covered by paid leave. You may also require a substantial period of time off in order for you to recover from your injuries. If your injuries prevent you from working you are entitled to claim for any income you have lost and the potential income you may not be able to earn due to long standing injuries.
Ongoing pain and suffering
If you are suffering with ongoing debilitating pain after your accident and you will likely endure pain and suffering in the future as a result of your injuries, you may be compensated for this within your pedestrian injury claim.
Housekeeping, caregiving and attendant care costs
If your injuries are substantial, you may require assistance to do everyday tasks that were not an issue for you prior to your accident. The help and assistance you receive during this time of recovery will need to be documented in order to include in your pedestrian accident claim – even if you don’t pay for the help. You can still claim domestic assistance through your personal injury claim.
The Pedestrian Injury Claims Process
There are three definite steps you should take if you have been injured as a pedestrian in an accident involving a vehicle or a slip and fall on a public footpath. In order to claim compensation, it is advisable to follow these steps:
Seek Medical Treatment
Seek medical treatment for your injuries. No matter where you are treated, in a hospital or with your preferred GP, it is important that you mention the circumstances by which you sustained your injuries. Be sure to obtain a full injury assessment and keep all documentation as this will be required when you claim compensation.
Report Accident to The Police
Ensure you report your accident to the police, ensuring you let them know the circumstances that lead to the accident and give them as much detail as possible; witness details, vehicle details and another other evidence that may help with your report. Be sure to take a copy of your police report with you and keep for proof for your compensation claim.
Speak to an Experiences Lawyer About Claiming Compensation
Speak with one of Smith’s experienced pedestrian injury accident lawyers for assistance, it is the best way to ensure your claim progresses in a timely manner and that you get the full access to the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

The team at Smith’s will also help you to establish who was at fault and which avenue you can take in either situation. In most accidents where a pedestrian is hit by a car, it’s the driver of the car who is considered at fault. You should know, there are some situations where pedestrians may be considered to be partly at fault to the accident being caused. For example:

- A pedestrian who breaks the law by crossing illegally at pedestrian crossings and lights
- A pedestrian using their phone (or being otherwise distracted) and unexpectedly stepping in front of a vehicle
- A pedestrian who is intoxicated and crosses the road carelessly.

In these situations, where you are considered partly at fault in the accident, you may still be able to claim pedestrian accident compensation, but it’s likely your payout will be less than the amount you would have received if you weren’t at fault.

If it’s time to talk – we’re here to help, your experienced personal injury lawyer will guide you through the legal process and ensure your personal injury claim form is lodged correctly and on time to ensure maximum compensation payouts.
How Our Pedestrian Injury Lawyers Can Help You Bring a Claim
At Smith’s we believe every Queenslander should be entitled to know and understand their legal rights and entitlements in order to make a pedestrian accident claim. Our experienced team of pedestrian accident lawyers are here for you and your family. They hold extensive experience in public liability and pedestrian accident claims, and in return you can expect the highest quality legal services and the best possible settlement of your accident compensation claim.

We understand that when you’re injured your life can be turned upside down and you may not know where to start or what compensation is available to you.

Compensation is an important step in getting your life back on track after a serious accident. We will ensure that we offer expert legal guidance to ensure you understand your rights and obligations, giving you the best chance at a successful personal injury compensation claim.

Your pedestrian accident lawyer will take the time and listen to your story, they will listen to how your injuries impact your life and how your drop in your earning capacity affects your wellbeing and they will ensure that you, in turn understand all your rights to seeking the justice you deserve.

At Smith's Lawyers, you are protected by Queensland's first risk-free compensation promise: No Win, No Fee, No Catch®. In the unlikely event that your case goes to court, and you are unsuccessful, we'll cover the costs - so you won't pay a cent to us or anyone else for accident claims.

Before you make a claim for compensation through any compensation lawyers, it’s a good idea to speak to a Smith's personal injury law experts, even if it’s just to get some free advice. If it’s time to talk – we’re here to help, our experienced personal injury lawyers will guide you through the legal process.
Make a Compensation Claim With Us From Any One of These Locations in QLD:
Smith's Lawyers are situated in three convenient locations across Queensland. These offices are in Brisbane, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. If you cannot attend our offices, we can also come to you or meet at a specific location.
Do you stay in Brisbane? So do we! We guarantee you great customer service and in addition, you won't need to worry about legal fees until after your case is resolved. And if you don't win your case, you don't have to worry about paying your lawyer or anyone else. No Win, No Fee, No Catch. 
Gold Coast
Call and organise a meeting with one of our lawyers in Gold Coast.Our office is conveniently located near the Southport tram stop which is just 300m walk away. 
Sunshine Coast
Call and book an appointment with our Sunshine Coast office lawyers. The closest bus stop to our office is Innovation Pkwy near Metier Linkway, which is a 100m walk to our office. 
Greater Queensland
If you're situated in Greater Queensland and need an accident lawyer, Smith's Lawyers can help. We service all of Queensland and offer phone appointments if you aren't able to come to one of our offices.
Lodge A "No Win No Fee" Claim
If you suffer injuries while at work, you don't have to worry about the whole process of making your claim or the legal fees involved. Here at Smith's Lawyers, we offer free consultation services for injured workers looking to kickstart their claims. As mentioned before, we also have a no-win no fee, no catch policy.
Get in touch with us to give yourself the best opportunity to receive the maximum compensation possible for your claim.
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