How Do I Claim Compensation For Being Run Over By A Vehicle?

By Danielle Graves. Last Updated 16th February 2024. Have you been run over by a vehicle and suffered serious injuries, due to negligence on the part of the driver? You may be able to receive 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.

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, we could connect you with one of the experienced personal injury solicitors on our panel. They will be able to 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 pedestrian accident claims today, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

You may be entitled compensation for being run over if hit in a zebra crossing.

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  1. I Was Run Over By A Vehicle, Can I Claim?
  2. Injuries Caused By Being Run Over By A Vehicle
  3. Evidence To Support Pedestrian Accident Claims
  4. Ran Over By A Car – Hit And Run Accidents
  5. I Was Hit By A Car – What Compensation Could I Receive?
  6. No Win No Fee Claims For Being Run Over
  7. Useful Resources

I Was Run Over By A Vehicle, Can I Claim?

When using the roads, all road users, including pedestrians, owe each other a duty of care to navigate them in a way that prevents injury and damage to themselves and others. As part of this duty, road users are required to comply with any relevant rules and regulations found in the Highway Code as well as the Road Traffic Act 1988. If you would like to seek compensation for a hit and run, you must be able to satisfy the eligibility requirements.

This means that to be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you need to prove that:

  •       You were owed a duty of care.
  •       This duty was breached.
  •       As a result of this breach, you suffered injuries.

Rule 204 in the Highway Code states that those who can cause the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they pose to others. This means that vehicle drivers must take extra care around more vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians.

Rules 205-210 emphasise how drivers should behave around pedestrians. If you suffer injuries because a driver has broken one of these rules and ran over you, you could be eligible for compensation.

However, rules 1-35 in the Highway Code state how pedestrians should use the roads. This includes rules about the right of way at junctions and when crossing the roads. If you fail to adhere to these rules and suffer an injury, you might not be eligible for compensation.

Speak to an advisor from our team to find out if you are eligible to make a car accident claim.

Injuries Caused By Being Run Over By A Vehicle

There are various injuries you could suffer if you are run over by a vehicle. These can range from mild bumps and bruises to life-changing injuries. Here’s a short list with a few examples:

  • Internal injuries. Even if your skin shows no outside damage, you could still have suffered injuries to your internal organs, such as a punctured lung or ruptured spleen.
  • Skin grazes and cuts: If you’ve been hit by a car, you may be dragged across the pavement. This could lead to deep cuts and bleeding or layers of skin could be scrapped off, causing permanent scars. In serious cases, you may require skin grafts.
  • Soft tissue injuries. These can include muscle sprains, strains and tears.
  • Fractured bone. You may suffer one or multiple broken bones in an accident with a car. For example, a car could run over your foot, breaking the bones, or you could be thrown and sustain a broken arm on landing.
  • Spinal cord injury. You could sustain injuries to your neck and back. In more serious cases, these can result in paralysis as well as other symptoms such as loss of bladder function or headaches.
  • Head injuries. You may experience a minor bump on the head with a shallow cut and mild concussion or a more serious head injury causing brain damage. Brain damage can be life-altering and cause problems with cognitive function, amongst other symptoms.

If you would like to discuss your injuries and pedestrian accident claims, please get in touch with a member of our advisory team.

Dangerous driving can lead to being hit by a vehicle while using a zebra crossing.

Evidence To Support Pedestrian Accident Claims

If you have been hit by a car and are eligible to make pedestrain accident claim, you will need to gather evidence. Gathering evidence is an important step in the pedestrian accident claims process as it can help with proving the injuires you suffered and how the accident occurred.

Some examples of evidence that could be used to support your personal injury claim includes:

  • The contact information of the driver involved and their insurance details.
  • Your medical records detailing the injuries sustained and the medical treatment they required.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and your visible injuries.
  • Video footage that captures you being hit by a car, such as CCTV footage.
  • A copy of the police report if the police were called the the accident scene.

For more information regarding pedestrian accident claims for those hit by a car, you can contact a member of our advisory team.

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.

Ran Over By A Car – Hit And Run Accidents

If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, you could still claim compensation for being run over. Instead, you would make your claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The Motor Insurers’ Bureau helps award compensation to those affected by uninsured or untraceable motorists, including hit-and-run cases. The MIB can also help if you were in an accident with a foreign registered car.  They also work in partnership with the DVLA, insurance companies and the police.

If you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident, to be able to make a claim through the MIB you would still need to prove that your injuries were caused by a road user breaching their duty of care.

For more information about making a pedestrian injury claim through the MIB, you can contact our team. They can also provide you with free advice for your specific case.

A pedestrian walks across a zebra crossing.

I Was Hit By A Car – What Compensation Could I Receive?

If you make a successful personal injury claim for harm sustained after being run over by a car, you will be awarded compensation to cover the emotional pain and physical suffering caused by your injury. This is awarded under general damages.

Solicitors can use compensation amounts featured in the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value general damages. We have included some of these in the table below. However, the amounts listed in the JCG are guideline brackets and are not guaranteed amounts. As such, you should only use them as a guide. Please also note that the first entry in this table is an estimated figure for multiple injuries and is not taken from the JCG.

Injury Suffered And SeverityNotesCompensation Bracket
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special DamagesIf you suffer multiple serious injuries in a road traffic accident, then you may receive a compensation payout covering all of these plus related special damages, such as loss of earnings.Up to £1,000,000+
Very Severe Head InjuryThe victim will be showing little or no response to the surrounding environment. There will also be little or no language function and full-time nursing care will be required.£282,010 to £403,990
Moderate Head Injury (ii)Head injury affecting a person's mind and ability to work. Moderate to modest intellectual deficit.£90,720 to £150,110
Severe Back Injury; (ii)With effects to a person's mobility and bowels£74,160 to £88,430
Severe Back Injury; (iii)Fractures and tissue injuries resulting in chronic pain£38,780 to £69,730
Leg Amputations: (iii)Above the knee amputation of a single leg£104,830 to £137,470
Severe Leg Injury: (i)Severe leg injuries such as non-healing fractures£96,250 to £135,920
Severe Leg Injury: (iii)Open fracture with a heavy possibility of future arthritis£39,200 to £54,830
Severe Knee Injury: (ii)Fracture extending to the knee, leaving the joint vulnerable to future deterioration£52,120 to £69,730
Moderate Foot InjuryDisplaced fracture resulting in long term cosmetic and functional damage£13,740 to £24,990

Special Damages

After getting run over, you might incur financial expenses or losses as a result of your injuries. You could claim back these losses under special damages, another head of claim that can form part of your settlement following a successful pedestrian accident compensation claim. 

Examples of the financial losses you might incur following a car accident, include:

  • Travel expenses – For example, money spent on travel to and from your GP or hospital.
  • Medical expenses – You may need to pay for a prescription as part of the treatment for your injuries.
  • A loss of earnings – Your earnings may be affected if your injury results in you taking time off work to recover.

You may be able to claim the above under special damages. However, you must provide evidence of any financial impact you have experienced. For example, you could gather your wage slips, receipts or invoices to prove these losses. 

Speak to our advisors if you would like more information on whether you can claim after being hit by a car and the pedestrian car accident compensation you could be awarded if your case succeeds.

No Win No Fee Claims For Being Run Over

If you have been injured after being ran over by a car, you may benefit from working with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. They can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that, through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), you can access the services of a solicitor without paying any upfront fees.

If your claim succeeds, then your solicitor will take a small percentage of your compensation as their success fee. This percentage is capped by legislation, allowing you to keep the majority share of what you receive. However, if your personal injury claim for being run over fails, then you will not pay this fee.

Contact our team of advisors today to learn more about claiming on a No Win No Fee basis for being run over by a car. Claims can seem complex, but a personal injury solicitor from our panel may be able to help, provided your case is valid.

A lawyer shakes a client's hand after taking his car accident compensation claim.

Contact Us 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

For more advice on pedestrian accident claims, or to read advice on other types of personal injury claims, you can check out other guides on our website such as the ones below.

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