Every year hundreds of pedestrians are injured on Irish roads and it goes without saying that pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable of all road users. According to Road Safety Authority statistics, in any given year pedestrians usually account for about 13% of all casualties (i.e. including persons injured or killed) in road traffic accidents on Irish roads. In 2016, at least 35 pedestrians were fatally injured in road traffic collisions across Ireland, which represented almost 20% of all road fatalities for that year. In urban areas pedestrians are particularly vulnerable, for example in 2016 a total of 10 of the 21 fatalities recorded on Dublin roads were pedestrians.
McSweeney Personal Injury Solicitors have a reputation of successfully helping pedestrians who have been injured by negligent motorists in road traffic accidents to pursue their legal rights to make a claim. We are specialist injury solicitors that deal with all types of pedestrian injury claims* from those involving minor injuries to the most severe life changing cases. These include those involving permanent disability; spinal injury; traumatic brain injury, and fatal injury cases. We take pride in doing our very best in every case and fighting hard for pedestrian victims of road traffic accidents to achieve the best possible legal outcome for their pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical and other expenses, and mental trauma (if applicable).
We often find that when a pedestrian is hit by a car or other motor vehicle they are concerned about fault or liability for the accident. In our experience, most often unnecessarily so because even if you believe the accident was partly or even wholly your fault you can usually still make a personal injury claim* against the motorist’s insurance as there is a very high onus or duty of care on motorists to avoid collisions with pedestrians.
However, if you have materially contributed or were blameworthy to a significant extent for your own accident then it is possible that your compensation could be reduced. This is known as contributory negligence. Insurance companies will often raise contributory negligence in pedestrian accident cases, common examples we see are: drunken/intoxicated pedestrians; pedestrians crossing when the traffic signal was red; distracted pedestrians such as texting, using mobile phone or listening to music, etc.; pedestrians running out or crossing road without paying attention, etc. But even in these type of cases we can more often than not help the injured pedestrian obtain fair compensation* for their injuries and losses.
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As a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) we pride ourselves on giving you honest, clear and impartial advice. If you have a valid claim we can help you achieve the best possible result by fighting to ensure you receive adequate and fair compensation*.
If you or a family member have been injured as a pedestrian and want to find out about your rights, we can help you by providing no obligation initial advice on whether you are entitled to make a pedestrian accident claim compensation*. You can speak to a specialist injury solicitor who will be happy to answer any of your questions, such as:
- Can I make a claim?
- How long will it take?
- What are my chances of success?
- Can I claim for loss of earnings and medical expenses?
- How long do I have to bring a claim?
- How much will it cost?
- Can I make a claim even if the motorist was uninsured?
- Can I make a claim if it was a hit and run?
- How much compensation is my claim worth?
- Will I have to go to court?
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage of any award or settlement.