I Was Run Over By A Vehicle, How Do I Claim Compensation?

Have you been run over by a vehicle and suffered injuries, due to negligence on the part of the driver? You may be able to claim compensation for the injuries suffered. Whether you were a pedestrian who was run over, a cyclist who was run over, you were run over by a car, run over by a lorry, or run over in any other type of road traffic accident due to negligence on the part of the driver, you may be entitled to claim compensation if you are injured.

How much compensation do you get if you are injured by being run over by a car, or another vehicle? This depends on the type of injuries you have sustained and the severity of your injuries. However, if you make a successful compensation claim, you will receive funds to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that you have endured as a result of your injuries, and you will be awarded special damages, which will cover your expenses which are related to your injuries.

To begin your compensation claim for being run over, call Legal Helpline today on 0161 696 9685. One of our advisors will be happy to speak to you in-depth about your accident and if we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, a skilled personal injury solicitor will start working on your compensation claim as soon as possible. Alternatively, use our online claims form to reach us. Get in touch with us about claiming compensation today, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Being Run Over

Compensation for being run over

Compensation for being run over

Being run over by a car, or any other type of vehicle, is a very serious accident that can result in life-changing injuries, as well as psychological injuries such as PTSD. At Legal Helpline, we often get calls from concerned members of the public, telling us, “I was run over”, “I was hit by a car”, “I was run over by a lorry”, or “I had my foot run over by a car” asking if they can claim compensation. If the accident was not your fault, if you are injured, you may be eligible to claim cyclist or pedestrian hit by car compensation. Even if you are injured because of a hit and run accident, or you are run over by an uninsured driver, you may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

In this guide, we will look at how accidents, where a cyclist or pedestrian is run over by a car, can happen, what injuries can be caused and will take you through the process of making a compensation claim for your injuries. To begin your compensation claim, call Legal Helpline today, or use our online claims form to get in contact with us. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we would be happy to provide you with a personal injury lawyer to handle your case.

What Does It Mean To Be Run Over?

Being run over means that a vehicle hits a person, on the road or on the pavement. The person who is run over can be a pedestrian, cyclist, moped, scooter or motorbike rider. Being run over can be when a person’s foot is run over by a car, the lower body is run over, or their entire body is run over. If a person is hit by a vehicle, the driver is legally required to stop. A hit and run accident is when a person is knocked down or run over by a vehicle, and the driver does not stop. In some of these accidents, the pedestrian may die or suffer life-changing injuries.

Drivers owe other road users a duty of care. This means that they are legally obliged to drive in a way that upholds the safety of others. If they behave negligently on the road, for example, driving under the influence of alcohol, which leads to an accident where another road user is injured, they could be held liable for the accident. As a result, the injured person would have a right to make a road traffic accident (RTA) compensation claim, against the driver’s insurance provider. In some instances, the driver may also be prosecuted.

Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Statistics

According to a report published by road safety charity Brake, 1,784 people were killed on the roads in Britain in 2018. In addition, 25,511 people were seriously injured on the roads in the same year. There were 160,597 casualties in total. Of those killed on the road, 44% were car users and 26% were pedestrians. Since 1979 the numbers of people killed in road traffic accidents has decreased steadily, more measures can always be taken to protect road users.

Who Has The Right Of Way On A Road Or Crossing?

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine who has caused an accident where a pedestrian or cyclist has been run over. Sometimes the driver is at fault, but sometimes the pedestrian causes or contributes towards their accident as well.

Rule 170 of The Highway Code states that if a pedestrian has started to cross a road into which you are turning, they have the right of way. This means that a motor vehicle, or bicycle should stop for them.

Rule 18 of The Highway Code states that pedestrians must check before they use a crossing, to ensure that the traffic has stopped. They also must not loiter at crossings, potentially confusing drivers and causing road traffic accidents. Rule 21 of The Highway Code states that if pedestrians are using traffic lights, they may only cross the road when the green walking figure displays. If a pedestrian signal is not provided, the pedestrian can wait until the red traffic light has appeared, as this is a signal for the traffic to stop.

If a pedestrian or cyclist has behaved in a way that caused their accident they may not be able to claim compensation. If a judge rules that the injured person and the driver who ran them over both contributed towards their accident, this would be judged as “contributory negligence”. This means that the claimant will be awarded a compensation amount that is in line with the rate at which the defendant was responsible for their accident.

Causes Of People Being Run Over By A Vehicle

Very few drivers that hit or run over a pedestrian or cyclist, do so out of malice. Sometimes people are run over by a car, lorry, van or another type of vehicle because the driver has become distracted, or loses focus. A driver can become distracted by a sat-nav, a disruption in the car (for example children fighting on the back seat), or using a mobile phone. It is an offence to use a mobile phone whilst driving, because of their distracting nature. The penalty for doing so is 6 penalty points on the driver’s license and they will receive a £200 fine. If the driver has only passed their test in the last 2 years, they will lose their license. Another common cause of road traffic accidents is drivers driving after drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs. Drivers can also run over a pedestrian because they failed to spot them crossing the road until it is too late. Often the pedestrian causes or contributes towards their accident as well.

Physical Injuries Which Could Be Caused By Being Run Over

Unfortunately getting run over can cause life-changing injuries, or result in the person’s death. We will look at these sorts of injuries in more detail now.

  1. Foot and leg injuries: When a person is run over, the car tyres sometimes go over their foot or their leg. Will your foot break if a car runs over it? Not always, but having your leg or foot run over can cause a fractured or broken foot, fractured or broken leg injury. Does getting your foot run over hurt? Whatever sort of injuries you suffer as a result of getting your foot run over, it is a painful experience.
  2. Back injuries: The road traffic safety charity Brake explains that globally, road traffic accidents are the largest cause of spinal injuries worldwide. If a pedestrian or cyclist suffers a broken back as a result of being run over and their spinal cord is damaged, this could result in them being permanently paralysed from the waist down or neck down.
  3. Head injuries: If the injured person suffers a traumatic head injury, this can have a lifelong effect. A severe brain injury can affect people mentally, behaviorally, affect one’s memory and affect their motor skills. Brake reports that 40% to 50% are caused by road traffic collisions in Britain.
  4. Limb loss: If a person suffers a severe limb, or lower limb injury, for example where the limb is crushed, they may have to have the limb partially or fully amputated. This can cause excessive pain and have a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life.

These are just a few examples of the types of injuries you could experience if you are run over by a vehicle.

Psychological Injuries Which Could Be Caused By Being Run Over

People who have been run over by a car or another type of vehicle may find themselves suffering from psychological injuries due to their experience. A common psychological injury, victims of car accidents can develop is post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. If a person experiences a traumatic event such as an assault, is in a warzone, or is involved in a serious accident they can develop post-traumatic stress disorder. As a result, they may suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, have difficulty sleeping and experience anxiety. To claim compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological injuries, you will need to have an assessment with a psychiatrist, who will diagnose your injuries. If it is found that the road traffic accident that you experienced, was the cause of your post-traumatic stress disorder, or other psychological injuries, you may have a right to claim compensation.

Being Run Over As A Cyclist

How can accidents happen in which a cyclist is run over? Here are some examples:

  • A driver does not check their side mirror when they make a right or left-hand turn and runs over a cyclist or motorbike rider in the process.
  • A driver does not check their mirror when changing lanes and hits a cyclist who is already there, running them over.
  • A driver reverses out of a driveway, onto the pavement then the road, without checking their rearview mirror for cyclists or pedestrians.
  • A driver performs an unsafe manoeuvre in the middle of the road, hitting a cyclist.

Hit And Run Accidents

When a motor vehicle is involved in a collision or road traffic accident, they are required by law to pull over in a safe space, give their name, car registration number and any other relevant information. A hit and run are when the driver does not stop and instead, speeds away. This may be because they are uninsured, or because they are trying to avoid prosecution. If you are involved in a hit and run accident, you should report it to the police.

If you were run over in a hit and run accident by an uninsured driver, or the driver was never traced, you may make a claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB). The MIB is funded by motor insurance companies and pays out compensation claims to claimants who have been injured by an uninsured driver. Your solicitors will negotiate with the MIB on your behalf when you make your compensation claim for being run over.

Deaths Caused By Being Run Over

If you experienced a loss because a close relative was killed when they were run over by a vehicle, you may be entitled to claim compensation on their behalf, according to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. Of course, no amount of compensation can replace your loved one, but by making a claim, you are holding the person at fault to account for their negligence and encouraging other drivers to act more responsibly on the roads.

Steps You Could Take To Protect Yourself

Whether you are a pedestrian or a cyclist, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. If you are a pedestrian, obey The Highway Code and make sure you only cross the road when it is clear to do so. Take a proactive approach to teach your children about these principles as well. If you are a cyclist, take safety precautions such as wearing a helmet, having bike lights and follow the rules set out in The Highway Code.

Calculating Compensation For Being Run Over

If you have been hurt in a road accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. If your claim is successful, you will be awarded two heads of claim. The first, general damages, will compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you endured as a result of your injuries. The second, special damages, will compensate you for any financial losses and expenses you have incurred, as a result of your injuries.

You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you may be able to claim in general damages (calculator excludes special damages). For an accurate estimation based on your circumstances, contact Legal Helpline to speak to an advisor today.

Injury Suffered And SeverityNotesSettlement With 10% uplift
Moderately Severe Brain DamageThe injured person may be seriously disabled. Substantial disability and dependence on another person for care. The degree of award will depend on multiple factors such as life expectancy, dependency and ability to communicate.£205,580 to £264,650
Moderate Brain Damage (i)Cases of moderate brain damage where the claimant experiences a severe deficit in their intellectual capacity as well as an effect on their personality, speech, sight and other senses.£140,870 to £205,580
Less Severe Brain DamageThe claimant should make a good recovery, though not all normal functions will have been returned.£14,380 to £40,410
Very Severe Foot InjuryVery severe injuries to the foot or feet must leave either severe and permanent pain or a permanent disability. This could include different injuries, such as the amputation of the forefoot.£78,800 to £102,890
Severe Foot InjuryExamples of a severe foot injury could include the fracture of BOTH heels as well as significant risks of exacerbating other injuries.£39,390 to £65,710
Moderate Foot InjuryDisplaced fractures of the metatarsal bones in the foot. Could result in permanent deformities.£12,900 to £23,460
Moderate Toe InjuriesMight include a moderate fracture of the toe or toes as well as other, comparable, injuries.Up to £9,010
Severe Leg InjuriesThe most serious injuries short of amputation. £90,320 to £127,530
Moderate Leg InjuriesIncluding multiple or complicated fractures of the leg bone.£26,050 to £36,790
Less Serious Leg InjuriesSuch as a fractured leg from which you do not fully recovery or a serious soft tissue injury.£16,860 to £26,050

What Additional Damages Can You Claim?

Unfortunately, being injured in a road traffic accident can change your lifestyle, and you may find yourself with additional costs. For example, in the very sad circumstances that you become disabled as a result of your accident you may find you have to rely on taxis to get about, need mobility equipment and physiotherapy. If you win your compensation claim, you will be awarded special damages, which will cover your expenses which are related to your injuries. Special damages can include: medical expenses, travel expenses, home adaptation expenses, mobility equipment expenses and reimbursement for loss of income, if you had to take time off work as a result of your injuries.

Why Make Your Claim For Being Run Over With Us?

If you have been injured because you were run over by a vehicle, trust Legal Helpline to help you claim compensation. We can provide you with the following:

  • A trusted personal injury solicitor to handle your claim
  • The option to make a no win no fee claim, so there is less financial risk involved.
  • A promise that we will push to win you the maximum amount of money you are eligible to claim.

No Win No Fee Claims For Being Run Over

If we take on your compensation claim, you will have the option to make a no win no fee claim. This means that instead of paying an upfront solicitors fee, you will be charged a success fee if you win your claim. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay your success fee, so there’s less financial risk involved for you.

Contact Legal Helpline Today

To begin your compensation claim for being run over by a vehicle, call Legal Helpline today on 0161 696 9685 to speak to an advisor. Alternatively, use our online claims form to reach us. If we can see that you are owed compensation, a solicitor will start working on your claim as soon as possible.

Useful Resources

Hit And Run Compensation Claims – Check how much your compensation claim could be worth.

Motorcycle Accident Claims – How much compensation can I claim.

External Resources

A Brake Guide To Road Accident Casualties

The Highway Code Rules For Pedestrians

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